Do we understand what patience is?
Many of us will curtly say “Waiting”! And seek to tune out!
Hold on a minute! Let us take a quick look at the definition in different languages:
Rather than type them out. I provide a link to see exactly what is said. We speak English!
So right quick:
The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.“you can find bargains if you have the patience to sift through the dross”
Now, we have an idea.
Let me ‘risk’ boring you with the countless times it is spoken of in The Word. Mind you The Word was not originally written in English! It was translated!
Need we say more? In reading this morning this verse came up and latched on to my spirit
Patiently wait for God alone, my soul! For he is the one who gives me hope. He alone is my protector and deliverer. He is my refuge; I will not be shaken. God delivers me and exalts me; God is my strong protector and my shelter. Trust in him at all times, you people! Pour out your hearts before him! God is our shelter! (Selah)
For God alone? What about…. we can/could go on! Why are you? Why are you here?
We have touched on this in the past.
Human fertilization is the union of a humanegg and sperm, usually occurring in the ampulla of the fallopian tube. The result of this union is the production of a zygote cell, or fertilized egg, initiating prenatal development. … The process of fertilization involves a sperm fusing with an ovum.
Ok, ok… I bore you! Wait just one second!
How many sperm cells are released when one male ejaculates? Sperm counts vary from about 20 million to 100 million sperm cells per milliliter of ejaculate. Healthy guys produce from 1.5 ml to 5 ml of semen each time they ejaculate.
1 in many million! That is the DATA! No matter how or what you feel now, you were created a fighter! You ‘beat’ all other spermatazoa to fertilize the Ovum!
Unfortunately, between 10 and 15 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage.
We can get ‘technical’/Scientific and remain factual; but there is a reason you are here!
You were created a fighter! Fight on! Amen.
So, what does any of this have to do with “Patience”?
Oodles! You were borm; not walking, not talking… you learned! Could you run? You may still not be able to. But check this out!
The Paralympics is a major international multi-sport event involving athletes with a range of disabilities, including impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency, leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis, vision impairment and intellectual impairment.
We could go on! But, I simply want to point out fact. All were born fighters. Excuses are a part of life! Agreed.
Live above your excuses with reason! In ‘Waiting’ we do not have to remain still.
Look what we are advised:
Waiting on The LORD does not mean stand still. Patience means many things! So much so that there is so much lost in translation!
Psalm 46:10 God says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth.”
Exodus 14:14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be
Hold up! Still, not prayerless! Give thanks in all things! Amen
“Rejoice always, 1pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.“
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Prayer is very powerful and important, and we are encouraged to pray without ceasing. Yet, if you’re like the many Christians who don’t know how you can do that, a life of sustained prayer can be a struggle.
But did you know that we can actually pray without ceasing? The apostle Paul is probably one of the busiest people in his time – evident in the many accomplishments that he had – yet he was the one who encouraged believers to pray nonstop. By this, we know that we can do it.
The world presents many things that we could pray to God about: our families, surroundings, neighborhoods, and communities. Our nation, leaders, public servants and agencies. Our economy, sources of income, and commodities. Friends, we need to pray.
Here are some Bible verses that will encourage you to keep praying.
Matthew 6:9-13 (the Lord’s model prayer) – “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
– “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
– “Then [Jesus] came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.””
(Samuel speaking to Israel) – “Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way.”
1 Samuel 12:23
(Jesus talking about His second coming) – “”But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning—lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!””
It is my prayer we all learn to prayerfully wait on The Lord in gratitude with prayer and supplication.