“You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” James 5:8
Some of you may recall the TV show, “Father Knows Best.” It was a sitcom about a father and his family and whenever the kids needed advice they could always go to their father. That’s the kind of relationship we can have with our heavenly Father, except our Father is God and He and His ways are perfect. (Isaiah 55:8)
The last few weeks our Pastors have taught “What is God Like.” This week’s topic was about one of God’s many attributes - patience. The definition of patience is the power or capacity to endure something difficult or disagreeable without complaint. Did you catch the last part of that definition, ‘without complaint’? Can you think of times when you’ve grumbled when your patience was challenged?
I know I can catch myself grumbling when I’m running late for an appointment and seem to catch every red light. Or I go into a store with the intent of rushing right in and out, only to be held up while the cashier pages overhead for a price check for the customer in front of me. Just some examples of my impatient daily life, but God’s patience is from a different perspective.
We forget that God sees the big picture of our lives. His care and patience with us are from a heart of unconditional love and eternal perspective. He looks at us with love filled eyes leading and guiding us along the perfect path He has chosen for us. It may not always be quick or easy, but we can be assured if God directed it then it is for our best.
When we had a newborn, we patiently endured the middle of the night awakenings because of our love for the child. When I walk alongside my 98-year-old mother who shuffles slowly along in her walker, I patiently slow down my steps to walk with her, because I love her and am thankful for the time I have with her.
Will we ever really know just how deep Gods love is for us? I don’t imagine we’ll know the true depths this side of heaven and maybe not then. Doesn’t He also have all the wisdom to know what is best for us? When we get impatient with a long-awaited prayer request that’s taking too long to be answered, remember just how much God loves us and is patient with us. His plans for you are very good. Our good, good Father love us. Remember this – our heavenly Father knows best!
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted
Based on God Is Patient and Forgiving on July 6th, 2019 - Watch Sermon