This episode marks the final in the three part series titled Grow Up. Patience is defined as the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. Children paint an accurate picture of how patience is developed. Patience is a virtue rarely seen in young children—even less so in infants. Most children are impatient—throwing tantrums when they can’t have their way. As they get older, most kids understand how to wait and why you have to wait. But when patience isn’t developed in kids, it often reveals itself in anger and temper outbursts in adults.
When it comes to your spiritual life, patience is something that should be evident—it’s a fruit that should be clearly seen.As mentioned earlier in this series, Adam and Eve were supposed to be patient and grow up in wisdom and understanding. Then, when they were strong enough and wise enough, God would let them eat of the Tree of Knowledge, and would invest them with authority. But their impatience landed them (and us) in a world of sin.
Abraham is a great study in how patience is matured as we walk with God. We are told to imitate him. Hebrews 6:12 tells us to be "imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises" and as for Abraham, we are told in Hebrews 6:15, "having patiently waited, he obtained the promise.”
Two Kingdoms of patience 1. Way of man: seizing before its time. 2. Way of God: faith, trust and patience. Communion with God, maturing to gain more authority.
Consider your level of patience, especially as it pertains to God’s plans unfolding in your life. Do you have the patience to wait a year for a prayer to be answered? Consider how you wait. Do you huff and puff as you wait? Your reaction is a picture of your maturity in God.
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