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"Too Impatient!"

October 30, 2003

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Wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14

One of the hardest things to do in life is to wait. However, there are times when this is all we can do. We are hospitalized and must spend days, even weeks, waiting for strength and health to return. We are unemployed and have applied for work everywhere possible, and now can only wait. We seek to win loved ones to the Lord, and having spoken to them many times, we must wait. It is so hard to wait. It seems so useless. We wish there were something active that we could do. We become impatient.

We need the advice David gives: "Wait for the Lord." Just plain waiting is a waste of time. But "waiting for the Lord" is never misspent time. This means that we are to place ourselves, our life, and our problems into His hands. We can do this because we know He is interested in our well-being. He showed this in the sending of His Son, Jesus, to give His life for our eternal salvation. Knowing that God loves us that much, we can confidently place all our life in His hands and wait for His will to be done.

Here is the cure for our impatience. Remembering God's love for us in Jesus Christ, we can say, "Your will be done," and can know that His will is always a good and gracious will toward us. Then we can patiently "wait for the Lord." He does all things well.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, give us the patience to place ourselves trustingly in Your hands each day. Put our mind at ease as You abundantly forgive us all our sins for Jesus' sake. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040).

Today's Bible Readings: Jeremiah 27-29    Hebrews 5

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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