TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, December 11, 2019:
Quiet, uncomplaining endurance under stress or annoyance; being good tempered; having the will to wait.
Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say on the Lord.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Patience does not come naturally but it is a gift from God bestowed on us as the fruit of His Spirit. It is essential that we cooperate with the Spirit as He develops patience within us, because this necessary quality can save us from the inevitable regrets that come when we refuse to wait for God’s direction in our life.
When you are concerned about your lack of patience, read these three verses from God’s Word.
1. Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord
2. Psalm 37:7 Rest in the Lord
3. Psalm 40:1 Wait patiently for the Lord
There are times when we must make decisions but we do not know what to do. If God gives us a check in our spirit, we should wait. But most of us are reluctant to delay the decision and want God to act on our timetable. However, we must remember that the Lord knows everything about us and our circumstances. He wants us to wait, because He knows what is best for us.
If God delays in answering our requests, we assume we can go ahead because He did not forbid it. This is a big mistake. Another big mistake is that we try to manipulate God’s Word to get the answer we want, which is a misuse of the scripture.
Patience is not just the ability to wait but about the ability to wait with a positive attitude. God rewards patience. Impatience makes us anxious. Paul instructs us, “not to be anxious but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God” Philippians 4:6.
Patience is essential to experiencing God’s best for our life. Patience comes as a result of obedience to God, making your requests known to God and waiting for God’s timing as you watch God work in answering your request.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 34:1.
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise will continually be in my mouth.
Teach me the truths about God that I can dwell on to build a foundation for patience and trust in Him. Help me to wait on the Lord with patience when I do not receive immediate answers.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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