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“Learning How to Have Some Patience”
Dr. Brodie I. Johnson, Pastor, Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church
Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Not everyone in the church has patience. It’s not easy to wait on God, especially when you can’t see him. You need to grow in patience. Lack of patience will make you depressed and take matters into your own hands. Your ways are not God’s ways; his thoughts are not your thoughts. Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: Some folks are doing a lot of sleeping but not a lot of resting. You wake up tired because you didn’t rest. You have to ask God to help you rest and not just sleep. Learn how to pray yourself to sleep!
Resting — stop taking stuff to bed with you that you don’t have to take. You can’t fix everybody, so there’s no sense in you taking them to bed with you. Christians don’t know how to lose some things. Rest — not on your own laurels, but “rest in the Lord”. The Lord can give you some calmness in your sleep pattern. Folks who rest well aren’t grouchy.
Broke? You might as well rest in the Lord because you’re going to be broke tomorrow too! Sometimes God will not do things for you because you will not rest in him or because you think you can do everything yourself. Learn how to depend on him. Another problem is that you put too much stock in the wrong folk. Wait — we’re too busy being in a rush and trying to put God on our schedule. It’s “rest” AND “wait”; not “rest’” OR “wait”. Don’t give up, give in, give out, or faint, but wait on him!Wait patiently – Get on God’s schedule. Sometimes you may have to be patient for years because there may be some stuff in you that God is trying to get out of you! He teaches you the art and the skill of waiting on him. You can’t go anywhere and take a class on waiting. Waiting is nothing but experience. There is a blessing in waiting on God. He’ll renew your strength.
“…fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way…” There’s a difference in prospering in your way and prospering in the Lord’s way. Your way is temporary; his way is everlasting! But remember, God will not bless mess!
37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. It’s easy to get mad when you can’t get blessed. God blesses whom he wants to, when, and how he wants to. 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. Your testimony goes much further when others can see what you’ve been through. It’s a blessing when God does not turn a deaf ear to you. Don’t’ put God in a box. Be guided by the Holy Spirit for the times when you pray. It doesn’t have to only be at night. When you start thinking of the goodness of Jesus, you’ll start thanking him! Don’t take God for granted, especially when the Word of God is made for you!
40:3a And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: He’ll put a new song in your mouth! You won’t be singing the Blues anymore. He’ll give you something to shout about. Just remember to “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him”.
Our God is worth the wait!