Impatience

by Maggie Lasher

Waiting is so not a favorite passtime.  Our whole world is set up for instantaeous response.  We have fast food, fast cars, fast internet.  Heaven forbid a download takes more than a couple of seconds or that a stream buffers trying to catch up.  We honk at drivers who don’t leap ahead immediately when the light changes to green.  We cruise grocery store check-out lines looking for the shortest wait.  We’re always in a hurry, impatient and stressed.

No, waiting is not a favored thing.  But is impatience really a sin?  Yes, if it leads us to do/say/think sinful things.

In 1Samuel 13, King Saul, God’s annointed one, is in the midst of a heated battle and his troops were fearful, some even deserting and hiding in caves.  Saul waits the appointed 7 days, and then rather than waiting one second more, he calls for the burnt offering and the peace offerings to be brought.  He offers the sacrifice himself.  Samuel arrives right after and says, “What have you done?!”  By not waiting for God’s timing, Saul lost his kingdom, his family, and his sanity.

But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”  My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors. ~ Psalm 31:14-15 (NRSV)

Waiting is so hard for us that patience is listed in Galatians 5:22 as a supernatural fruit of the Holy Spirit.  Google (because we haven’t the patience to actually leaf through theBible) scripture on patience/waiting and you’ll find dozens and dozens of listings.

Patience and waiting on God’s timing is critical!  By moving ahead without God’s annointing and in His timing, we could lose all just as Saul did.

Prayer: Father, You knit us together in our mother’s wombs and know us better than we can know ourselves.  Thank You that You love us perfectly, and promise to defend us. You hear us and are concerned about us. Help us to trust You with in daily skirmishes and the wars we wage. The world appears to reward impatience an speed but You desire our patience and trust.  Today, help us to see where You desire our trust, where patience is truly needed, and that waiting is a blessed thing.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

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