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.
“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”
TALKING TO GOD
Thank God for His gift of patience and the experiences you’ve had that have helped you to learn to be more patient.
Put on a pair of shoes with shoelaces. Tie one shoe as you normally would. Then tie your second shoe using your hands to do opposite tasks. For example, if you usually make your first loop with your right hand, then make it with your left. Notice how difficult a simple task becomes when you do it a new way. Your usual way is easier because of how you’ve trained your muscles to work.
Galatians 5:22 tells us that patience is a gift from God! But just like muscles, our patience needs to be trained so that it comes more easily and you learn how to handle challenging situations. The next time something happens that requires you to wait, thank God for helping you practice your gift of patience. Being grateful may even help you keep from getting upset and losing your patience.
TALKING TO EACH OTHER
– What’s one area where it’s hard for you to show patience?
– What are some ways you can exercise your gift of patience in that one area?
– How might thanking God for opportunities to exercise patience keep you from becoming upset?
One useful tactic for showing patience is to stop and think before speaking. Sometimes taking a walk on your own before making a decision helps too. Not all decisions made on the fly are smart and not everything needs our immediate reaction. I know that may be hard to comprehend in the social media age. I, myself, prefer not to fly off the handle at every little thing. I know how it is when people do not read the entire situation and just flip out while assuming things. I want others to show patience for me so I show patience for them. The golden rule in a sense.
Sometimes it’s hard for show patience with my family and friends. It’s just that, sometimes they can push my buttons. For the most part, I do remain calm. Then, there are times when I don’t. Our verse of the day, Proverbs 19:11, says that sensible people can control their anger and earn respect by overlooking wrongs. That’s an area I need to exercise my gift of patience more. I want my family and friends to be their best, so it frustrates me when I feel like they aren’t doing it. I thank God for the opportunities to exercise my patience with them. I used to have a crazy temper when I was younger. Over the years, God has blessed me with a calmer demeanor. It tend not to get too upset about things anymore. For those times my patience does grow thin, I try to reflect on how much God has been patient. With me.