PC-USA 2018-07-17 - Give Me Patience...

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You may have seen the bumper stickers, “Give me patience, and give it to me now!!!” In 2016, right after Richard was paralyzed from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, our car’s CD player quit. I had an hour-long commute each way, to see him every day, so I missed my relaxing music. I tried about half a dozen times to make it work, but then I gave up. In contrast, after he recovered and was able to drive again, Richard did the same thing that I had tried. He hit “eject.” He tried and tried and tried. He never gave up. He tried it every single time he was in the car, defying Albert Einstein’s normally-true statement, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. I can honestly say that my husband proved Albert Einstein wrong. Because at least 100 of Richard’s tries, that CD player suddenly started working again! It has now worked through many 6-hour trips to and from NC, and continues to work normally! While I gave what I felt was a reasonable chance for the CC player, Richard had tons of patience.

I had resigned myself to settle for waiting until we bought our “retirement car,” at which time we could again listen to our music. But Richard didn’t “settle.” How many times do we “settle” in our spiritual lives, when God wants us to forge onward toward the best. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit (See Galatians 5), and patience works hand-in-hand with persistence. Remember the Parable about the persistent widow?

Luke 18:1-8 (NRSV)
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. 3 In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ 4 For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? 8 I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

We don’t always know why God won’t answer us immediately. Sometimes, He wants to mature us, to help us develop patience or character (See Romans 5), or to teach us other lessons along the way. But eventually, He will answer our prayers.

If you have been praying about something, but haven’t yet seen what you consider results, don’t give up. Be like the widow and Richard. Of course, the results depend on whether your request is in line with God’s will. But regardless, you will receive an answer. Sometimes we will receive the answer we want, sometimes not. Regardless, God will always gives us the best answer.

[email jan] Janice P. Moser

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All verses are from the New American Standard Version (NASB) unless otherwise noted.


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