I talk with many young adults, and have felt in my own life many times, about how they are frustrated with their life circumstances, wanting something more.
So many times we as people want the future to happen now. We want our present life to change; whither the desire to be married, achiving a job promotion, healing of a loved one, your standard of living to increase, significant weight loss, misbehaving children to mind, etc.
In our microwave society this problem of discontentment has increased our need for instantanious results. We are always looking to the future with big eyes, and want to be there NOW!
We know we should be patient, but many times we find ourself seeking big things that don’t allow us to have time to be patient. So why am I not patient and content with my circumstances?
7 reasons why we are not content
- My plan, not God’s – we focus on my hopes and dreams instead of the plan of God’s redemption in my life. We put ourselves in the place of Jesus.
- Coveting what we didn’t earn – we want things that they didn’t spend the blood, sweat, and tears to earn.
- Worry – What if something happens? What if my plans are messed up?
- Pain – We don’t like pain – physical or emotional! This is the need for instant gratification of pain relief.
- The wrong priorities
- Pride and selfishness – We think I am more important than others. I deserve it.
The Bible says that the flavor that others taist and the cloths they see on Christians should include patience.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:22–24, NIV84)
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:12–13, NIV84)
3 reasons we need patience
God uses life curcumstances for our training – It seems throughout the bible that patience is how God trains his prophets and disciples. We gain our wisdom through time and experience. We have to realize that everything that is thrown at us can be used to grow in our holyness towards Jesus Christ.
God is our model in both Old and New Testament – All throughout the bible God is discribed as Slow to Anger(Exod. 34:6) and Patient (2 Pet. 3:9). Think about how many times God is patient with you when you mess us or disobey. He is willing to be in a relationship with you for the long haul. We need to trust in him to lead us and be content with his plan because of his patience with us.
The reward is great – We are striving for a heavenly reward of spending eternity with Jesus in paridice.
“And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:10–14, NIV84)
Lord, I love you and thank you for all the blessing you have given me. I know that your ways are better than on my own. Thank you for your patience with me, and please help me to be content with my curcumstances. I need your patience, Jesus. Amen.
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