Patient Contentment

Patience.

It is rather difficult to cultivate that fruit in such a fast paced world. We wish that things would come as soon as possible like how it may only take 2 seconds for our computers to book upt. We have desires and want them right now. But what if it doesn’t come right away? We tend to become discontent and focus on what we don’t have, which causes us to become ungrateful for what we do have. Honestly, that shows that we’re looking for the things of this world to satisfy us.

If I get into that college, I’ll be happy.,

If I get a book published, I’ll be happy.

If so and so wants to be my friend, I’ll be happy.

If I, if I, if I. Would you agree that that sounds somewhat self-centered?

Despite how much we want something, it’s all about God’s time-table and what He has planned. What we want may be good things, but either doing them won’t glorify Him or the timing doesn’t glorify Him. That is why we must pray about EVERYTHING.

When we pray, we’re surrendering those ‘wants’ to Him. And when we begin to ask about His will for our lives, His desires become our desires.

I love what Ruth Chou Simons says in her book “Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship” regarding desires:

“Align your hearts with the treasure of Christ, and He will shape your desires and guide your pursuits.”

Don’t focus on having to wait, but instead, turn your attention to living your life for Him. He has so much in store for you, more than you could event imagine, but He waits to show us until we’re ready. Focusing on trusting God with your life and allowing Him to be your source of satisfaction and joy. The things of this world will fade, and thus, there will always be something else that we want. But God is eternal and will never leave nor forsake us.

When we keep our eyes on Jesus, we’ll be even more willing to wait because we know that He is working in some way. Even if it’s not in the way that we desire, it’ll be perfect.

Heart check: What can you do to be content in Christ while waiting?

Tog God be the glory,

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