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Patience


Galatians 5:22 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…

Patience is listed as one of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. I, myself, am not a patent person. I do not like to wait on long lines and I will drive out of my way to go to a store where I know there will not be long lines.

We have all experienced long lines, delays (just go to any airport) but when these times are upon us, we should first ask God, “What are you trying to teach me here?”

Look at Joseph in the Bible. He was 17 years old when his brothers sold him into slavery. He was 39 years old when he met his brothers for the first time since they sold him. That is 22 years of not seeing his brothers, or father, or any of his relatives.

But between 17 and 39 years of age, Joseph was promoted to the second in command of all of Egypt.

But in this time frame, God needed to teach him patience and trust in his God. Joseph was lied about and then falsely thrown into prison.

He sat and waited as God was teaching him patience. That is a very difficult thing to do - sit and wait.

Job is another Bible character who had great patience during his difficulties. He did not know what was going on, but he never cursed God. He wished that he had not been born, but with the Lord's help, he never cursed God and in doing so, he defeated the devil.

The point for us is to always ask Jesus for His patience as we also go about our daily lives. I know that God was patient with me as he kept knocking on my heart until I said yes.

Don't get frustrated, but take a moment and ask the Lord, “What is it you are trying to teach me?” Amen.


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