The Patient Worshiper

I have never been very good at waiting. I have this horrible tick, when I get anxious I tap my leg up and down uncontrollably. Its a total give away that I am bothered by something or nervous. In conflict and in unsettling times it is even more difficult to be patient. My tendency is to try and fix something if its broken. If I cant fix it then I am a mess just thinking about it. In spite of all that, some how the grace of God reaches out to me and says, “peace- be still”. Patience is a learned art refined in fires and trials of this life. The place we go to learn from the master of “patiently waiting” is in the presence of God. If you are a Christian desiring to example and follow the life of Christ then you become a student of patient living under professor Jesus.

We all have loved ones we want to see come to the saving knowledge and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. That comes through patient prayer for those individuals. To accept the outcome of an illness either through healing or endured suffering can only be reached by patiently waiting on the Holy Spirit. You find rest when you wait for God to reveal His will in that situation whether you endure suffering a bit longer or you receive complete healing. In those painful moments of waiting, whatever the result, God’s grace will overcome and He will show Himself to be all you need [2 Cor 12:9]. There are situations at our jobs that need to be trusted to the Lord. Maybe you are still waiting on a promotion or possibly having to endure a difficult boss [Rom 13:4]. There is practiced patience in waiting for relief in a financial crisis.  Blessings come when you continue to be a faithful steward over your finances and possessions. In our marriages we can not expect the beautiful harmony of perfect communication and unmerited love to happen overnight. Both spouses hearts are changed and strengthened over time, through the refining fires of patience. In the mysterious union of becoming one, we patiently must give our spouse over to the Lord. There we will find closure, healing for past hurts and a bond that can never be broken by this world. Trust begins to form through patient endurance in difficult relationships. Only through patient prayer and waiting on the Holy Spirit will you receive guidance, revelation and endurance  to overcome obstacles and finish the race [Phil 2:16].

Patience is a difficult topic because it means setting aside our desired outcome for the moment and relinquishing our perceived control. Patience is something that we all need in every facet of life;  job, home, kids, church, relationship and even corporate worship. Worship in the setting of the gathered body of believers is a great place to begin that study of patience. I love strumming out just a couple of chords on my acoustic, waiting on God and the Holy Spirit to move. Maybe He will give someone a word of truth that will free them from bondage and set them on a path of everlasting life.  Maybe waiting just one more minute in that quite, meditative place, God will answer someones prayer through spoken prophetic word. We could be witnesses to someones healing in that moment of perfect rest. Better yet, we could all be struck by the manifestation of Gods presence among us and be laid face-down in reverent awe! If and when those things happen it would be because we paused and set ourselves in a posture of expectant (non-anxious) calm waiting. Learning to be that kind of “patient worshiper” will eventually translate into to our everyday lives!

“For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:30 /NLT




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