Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have music that may or may not apply to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Growing Patience”. It is 4 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing. Mike Pyatt will be assisting as well with guest commentary.
“The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.”
TALKING TO GOD
Thank God for answering so many of your family’s prayers at just the right time.
Guess how long the following people had to wait for things: How long did Noah and his family have to wait inside an ark for the rain to stop? (40 days) How long did Abraham and Sarah have to wait for a baby? (25 years) How long did the Israelites have to wait to enter the Promised Land? (40 years) Ask your parents how long you will have to wait for a treat.
Sometimes it seems that prayers will never be answered. But God promises that when you pray according to His will, He always hears and answers (1 John 5:14-15). Sometimes you have to wait patiently for His answer, and sometimes He answers differently than what you expect. Still, He knows how to give you what you need, exactly when you need it. To learn what the right timing for an answer is, wait for God to answer it. That’s the right time, and the perfect answer.
TALKING TO EACH OTHER
– What’s the longest you’ve had to wait for something you’ve really wanted?
– What can you do to wait patiently for an answer to prayer?
– What are you waiting for right now? Are you waiting patiently?
Noah’s family had to have extreme patience. To be in that ark for over a year is just an insane amount of time. I am having to be patient as well as I have over a year left in the Navy until I can get out and start college for the path that God has for me. It is a struggle somedays as I think I am just sitting around wasting time. Then an opportunity will arise or I will learn something and realize that no matter what situation I am in, that God can use me all the same.
I really have waited long to graduate from college. It’s been a long time coming. Actually, it hasn’t come just yet, but I do see the end. I have two more semesters left, and I’m so eager to finish this off. I don’t think I have ever prayed to finish school. I understand that it was a long commitment, so I’m able to wait as patiently as I can and take care of what I can at the moment. I do the exact same thing when I do pray for things. I think people treats God like a microwave sometimes. They send their prayers up, and want answers immediately. I’m not saying God can’t deliver them fast, but I do know God has perfect timing. One of my favorite cliché’s is, “God may not come when you want him to, but he’s always on time.” Sure, the saying is overused, and kind of lame, but it’s true. By knowing God’s timing is precise, it lets me be patient waiting for him.
Wesley Wood is an aspiring film director. He would love to make GOOD films to help spread God's word and help Christians grow.
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