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Word4Today Daily Bible Devotional

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty.’ Proverbs 16:32 NASB

The Bible says that when you pray, God can answer instantly. But nowhere in the Bible are you promised instant patience. Patience is a quality of character, and character is built over a lifetime of walking with God through good times and bad. Here is how God develops patience in us:

1) Interruptions. You sit down to eat dinner, and your phone starts ringing. You’re in the bath, and someone comes to the door. You’re quickly working to finish an assignment, and visitors arrive.

2) Delays. We hate to wait. We have a microwave mindset – we want what we want – in seconds. We have fast food, quick-cook pasta, and instant coffee. We’re like the man who prayed, ‘Lord, give me patience, and I want it right now!’

3) Irritations. Long lines, lost phone, late buses, phone calls, cold food, no reception, occupied bathrooms, endless assignments … the list is endless. Do you know that most health problems are related to having a ‘hurried’ Type A personality? The Bible says, ‘And the one who acts hastily sins.’ (Proverbs 19:2 CSB). We speak of the patience of Job, who said, ‘All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come’ (Job 14:14 NIV). Pray about it, exercise patience, and be confident in God!

SoulFood: Neh 11-13 John 18:25-40 Ps 4 Pro 30:29-33

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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