“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.”
Psalm 62.5 NLT
The Hebrew word for “soul” denotes the whole person. NLT reflects this in the translation above. “In times of stress it may be necessary to command ourselves to do what we know to be true” (J.A. Motyer, 21NBC, 524).
Is there some part of your soul that has not yet learned to wait quietly in God?
#soul #patience #VOTD
“It is good to wait patiently
for deliverance from the Lord.”
In the midst of profound mourning over Jerusalem’s destruction, Jeremiah sees a small light of hope in God’s goodness and eventual purpose of salvation.
What recommendations does Jeremiah give, in context, that fit our life in Christ today?
#salvation #patience #VOTD
“As an example of suffering and patience, brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord’s name.”
James points to the need for patience until the Lord’s return. He mentions the OT prophets as examples. They spoke God’s word of repentance to Israel for years under most trying circumstances.
Christ’s people also speak in his name and face suffering because of it. What other parallels with the prophets can be made?
#patience #suffering #VOTD
“Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can break bones.”
Proverbs 25.15 NLT
In the second collection of Solomon’s proverbs, the king’s role and proper etiquette in his presence predominate in verses 1-15.
How does the Christian show respect to authority and still plead his cause?
#patience #government #VOTD
Anybody else besides me need to learn this lesson?
Even though I’m not a fan of that foot-loose and fancy-free paraphrase called The Message, I happened across a couple of items in it I thought were good.
Mr. Peterson, the author of the work, describes patience, in Galatians’ fruit of the Spirit, as “a willingness to stick with things,” and self-control as being “able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.”
Those seem to be fairly good depictions, the latter one especially, as far as they go.
Also, from the two descriptions, it’s possible to see that a relationship exists between the two.
How would you qualify these descriptions of the two qualities that the Spirit of God produces in the saint?
Everybody seems to like photos of pets, so here’s an illustration of long-suffering.
Long-suffering, both an adjective and a noun, has fallen out of use. When the KJV used it in 1611, it was a fairly new term, having arisen around 1520-30. Maybe the synonym “patience” covers what was lost by it. Maybe not.
In the age of Facebook, where ever is heard every discouraging word and moan, long-suffering does not sit well. Collins defines the adjective as “enduring pain, unhappiness, etc, without complaint.” MacMillan says it means “patient, despite having problems or being badly treated over a long period of time” and gives this archaic example phrase, “his long-suffering wife.”
Nobody accepts suffering today. Isn’t that true? To say “nobody” is obviously an exaggeration, but please permit the hyperbole. This generation thinks suffering is just plain wrong. It’s something that has to be eradicated, like, say, the wearing of fur coats or the use of fossil fuels. And to be long-suffering? That’s just sick. Continue reading