Do you realize in a time of instant gratification, immediate response, and always on that there are still things that take time? Do you realize that when your focus is on the instant gratification that you can miss out on the longer term, more meaningful goals? Do you realize that there are things that take time and people are willing to wait for? Do you realize how instant gratification is causing people to become less patient or even impatient? Do you realize how instant gratification is causing us to lose our ability to focus? Do you realize how instant gratification is causing us to lose our connection with others? Do you realize how instant gratification is causing us to make bad decisions and even change the impressions of people on one another?
Ever heard the statement patience is a virtue? Ever considered what a virtue is? Ever considered what the Bible says about patience?
A virtue is…
God’s Word in James 5:7-8 tells us…
7Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the LORD’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8You too, be patient and stand firm, because the LORD’s coming is near.— James 5:7-8
So if we weigh out the pros and the cons of patience vs instant gratification, what would we find? If we are going to need time for something to be accomplished, can we speak openly and honestly about it so that we set the proper expectations? Might there be something towards that longer term goal that we can deliver in pieces so that progress is evident? Might there be something we can do to help others become more patient and less erratic or aggressive? Do you have any ideas that might or have worked for you? Ever considered sharing them with others?
We need to realize and be able to communicate that some things just take time! We need to be able to communicate a plan and a schedule to help them understand it! We need to be able to help them become ok with it both through patience as well as being able to deliver some type of visual evidence of progress over time.
(clarity of vision)
The 49-Week Challenge
With April in the rear view mirror, let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?
Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:
- God was with the Israelites and it took 450 years to possess the promised land.
- God provides Israel with judges once the land was acquired.
- We need to consider and understand the process required to accomplish the plan.
- We need to consider and scope out the level of effort and then also leave room for God to do His part.
- We need to consider the impact of not completing the work given us to do and what would happen because of the work that was left undone.
- Do you realize that disobedience leads to defeat?
- God prefers obedience over offerings!
- Would you rather walk in obedience of God or deal with the consequences?
- How can you help those who haven’t been a part of or witnessed the trials and troubles of the past and the faithfulness of God?
- Do you realize that if they don’t know or realize it that they could go it their own ways and do what is evil in the eyes of the Lord?
- Is there a way for people to not forget? Is there a way that when a deliverer and a savior have been given that we can share the truth and help everyone stay connected to God?
- What if the deliverer and savior were temporary like in today’s reading, is there anything that could have been done that wouldn’t have cause people to back slide?
- What if the deliverer and savior was permanent like Jesus? What can we do to help people to turn back to God and stay on track?
- Who will you be in God’s purpose and plan?
- What calling will you accept and receive from God and accomplish in your life?
- As I read the closing of today’s reading what came to my mind was Gideon and how the people were hungry and thirsting for a hero, a savior, a deliverer and would set goals that if someone could/would step up they would follow.
- People are still hungering and thirsting for a deliverer and savior. People are still setting up criteria that if met they would follow. People in the midst of trials and troubles cry out to God for help.
- Jesus came once for all! Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life! So let’s not grow weary in doing His good work and sharing the light and the truth of Jesus in the midst of this dark world!
- Let’s point people back to God and to His savior and deliverer Jesus.
As day 143 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.
If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.—The Sinner’s Prayer
Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?