Patience is a virtue they say but it’s a difficult character trait to foster. If you can master it, the rewards are great! Trust and patience go hand and hand in God’s kingdom. Psalm 40:1
Video Transcript (Video below)
[00:00:00] Hi and welcome back to Daily Bible Verses with a Twist and you might be wondering what the twist is. Well, just follow the arrow in the corner up there to the “I” and then click on the “I.” And it will lead you to a playlist of all of these little daily Bible promises I’ve been doing. And the very first video in that playlist will explain it all. So, today it’s been a habit over the last two weeks to read from the New American Standard Bible as well as the NIV. But today we’re just going to stick with the NIV because the NASB basically says the same thing.
[00:00:37] So here we go. Psalm 40, Verse 1. “I waited patiently for the Lord. He turned to me and he heard my cry.”
So, this is what I want you to do. I want you to imagine circling the word ‘patiently’ in your Bible. Because there’s the key word in this whole verse. “I waited patiently for the Lord. He turned to me and heard my cry.”
[00:01:07] Have you ever been around a child, a toddler who wants their parent’s attention or anybody’s attention. They haven’t yet understood the concept of waiting patiently and therefore, they’ll do everything they can to get their parents, or whoever they’re trying to get the attention of, attention. They might try pouting. They might raise their voice, they might kick, they might stamp. They might whine, they might tug at their parent’s sleeve. They’ll do anything possible to get their parents attention.
[00:01:46] But a wise parent begins pretty early to teach their child patience and they do it in intervals of seconds. For a two-year-old, a timeout for 30 seconds seems like five days. To a five-year-old, a timeout for 30 seconds is a breeze. To a two a two-year-old, 15 seconds, counting down to go play hide and go seek, seems like it seems like way more than enough time because all they have to do is close their eyes and then they’re hidden. To a 4-year-old, 15 seconds? They’re going to complain about that because they don’t have time to hide.
[00:02:27] It’s the same thing for us as Christians as new believers. The Lord helps us to learn patience. If you ever have heard a new believer talk, they’ll talk about answered prayer instantly. They’ll talk about all the miracles going on in their lives. Everything is easy. And it, as a matter of fact, really is. Their heavenly Father is building trust and relationship with them.
[00:02:58] As we grow in the Lord sometimes the interval between the time we ask and the time that we receive can elongate. That is because the Lord knows that we should be able to trust Him, by this point, to know that sometimes He has to do a lot of work behind the scenes to get the situation in order so that His perfect will can be done in that situation.
[00:03:31] I felt that the Lord would like you to know that He heard you the first time. It doesn’t mean that we can’t continue to pray into a situation, but He heard you the first time. As soon as He hears your voice, His face turns towards you. He loves you. He adores you and He loves those that you are praying for. But, He’s asking you to trust Him. And if he’s asking you to wait, trust Him that He has the perfect reason for asking you to wait.
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