Summary: Patience when we wait on the Lord.
“The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.”
Patience and loving one another seem to be the two hardest things for a Christian to do. For most of us waiting on the Lord seems to be the toughest thing in our life to bear. And because we lack patience we also lack the ability love one another as Jesus commands us to. Whether we know it or not, patience and love go hand-in-hand. Because we need patience to love others and through patience we learn to love others, as well as others growing to love us. To illustrate this I would like to tell a story about Abraham Lincoln.
No one treated Lincoln with more contempt than did Edwin Stanton, who denounced Lincoln’s policies and even called him a “low cunning clown.” Stanton had nicknamed him “the original gorilla” and said that explorer Paul Du Chailu was a fool to wander about in Africa trying to capture a gorilla, when he could have found one so easily in Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln said nothing in reply. In fact, he made Stanton his war minister because Stanton was the best man for the job. Lincoln treated Stanton with every courtesy. The years went on. The night came when an assassin’s bullet struck down Lincoln in a theatre. In a room off to the side where Lincoln’s body was taken, stood Stanton that night. As he looked down on the silent, rugged face of the President, Stanton said through his tears, “There lays the greatest ruler of men the world has ever seen.” The patience of love had conquered in the end.
Through patience and love Lincoln won the love of one of his greatest enemies.
We often find that anger most times grows from and feeds from impatience. Some of the cruelest words out of our mouths come as a result of impatience.
• The things we say about that person on the road that is keeping us from getting where we need to be.
• The things we say to and about those whom we believe are taking a position at work or at church from us.
• The things we say to and about the person ahead of you in the checkout line who is not moving along as quickly as we want them to.
• The things we say when our children are not learning as fast as we want them to.
• The things we say when our children seem to ask way to many questions.
• The things we say to our loved ones when things don’t seem to moving along as quickly as we want them to.
Likewise, some of our most hurtful things toward God are exhibited by our impatience:
• When we are looking for a husband or wife and you settle on the first thing that comes along because you just cannot wait.
• When we are out of work and we take anything we can find because we just cannot wait.
• When we settle for second-best of anything because we just cannot wait.