Number three from my top 10 list to help overcome temptation is YOU CAN BEAR IT! Patience is developed in the midst of our trials. To see number two from the list, click here.
Romans 15:3-5 (New King James Version)
3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” 4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. 5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus…
God often saves the best for last!
It is worth the wait, because we receive God’s best and because we are changed for the better!
My husband came last! (I met my husband after a bunch of bad relationships. God would always speak to my heart to WAIT! He told me again and again that He had saved the best for last. GOD WAS RIGHT.)
Jesus came last! (He is the best of the Prophets! He is the Alpha and Omega!)
Heaven is last! (It is the best place we will ever live! It is our true home.)
When we wait on God, we don’t settle for less than His best. During the waiting, we grow in character, which ultimately helps us serve Him and live more fully! When we don’t wait and put matters into our own hands, we get an Ishmael and are ultimately disappointed.
Whatever you are waiting on, fill your hearts and minds with God’s Word, God’s love, and God’s peace. It isn’t easy to wait, but it is always, always worth it!
A prayer for you: Lord, bless my sister with grace to wait on You in prayer. May she wait also for what You desire to bring her. Help her to not settle for anything less than your Word and your best! Surprise her today with just how GREAT You are! In Jesus precious name. Amen
(BTW- My dad took the beautiful picture above at the beach with my mom recently. It reminds me of the peace God brings in the midst of waiting!)