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Ep. 157 – Will You Hurry Up and Be Patient Already?

We have all felt impatient at some time or another, and it’s easy to get discouraged when things take longer than we expect. Today the guys discuss patience and how we can rest assured in God’s sovereignty and timing.

Show Notes

In today’s episode, the guys discuss patience. There are three areas in our lives in which we can lack patience: in God’s sovereignty, in God’s creation, and in His handiwork. The epitome of arrogance is being impatient with others who are being sanctified, forgetting how long it took for us to be sanctified ourselves. In Corinthians 13, the first description of love is that it is patient. Patience doesn’t mean we sit around with our hands folded. Rather, it evokes constant trials and endurance. One of the very best ways to exercise patience is through demonstrating composure.

The cure for impatience with the fulfillment of God’s timetable is to believe His promises, obey His will and leave the results to Him. It is easy for us to become discouraged when God’s plan is taking longer than we expected. Listeners are encouraged to trust the process which God has set in place for each of us and not wish that things were happening on your terms instead of His. We should never forget that God is at work and there is ultimately no waiting room in His plan. Wants and desires in life are always transferring from one thing to the next. If wanting for a future spouse becomes a future savior, you will never truly be satisfied when you do achieve the thing you thought you wanted most in life. However, if you shift that mindset to finding your true joy and satisfaction in Christ alone, then you may pursue a spouse joyfully as an additional gift given to you by God. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the sovereignty of God and His promise to bring all things to completion.

One of the biggest mistakes Christians make is applying their understanding of God’s sovereignty to only the big milestones in life, when it applies to every aspect of life. Sovereignty is defined as God’s divine right to do as He pleases. Impatience, we are reminded, is a pathway to destruction, especially in the lives of those we love most. To get to the bottom of our impatience, we must challenge the false idols of our hearts which can be anything, even good things, that we prioritize over God.

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