Several years ago on my journey of infertility, I had read the February 21st Streams in the Desert entry and was encouraged by the devotion on waiting patiently. After reading it in the morning and coming home that evening, somewhere in-between, I had forgotten what I had read and probably experienced all the w’s in just a few short hours! How weak in the flesh that made me feel! Thankfully, God is patient with me.
This devotion is for those who have “prayed and prayed and waited and waited, and still there is no manifestation”, who are “tired of seeing nothing move”, and who are “just at the point of giving it all up”. The author tells us we are not waiting in the right way. We must wait with patience. These are not my thoughts, just the excerpts of the devotion that encouraged me to keep waiting and doing it patiently.
Romans 8:25 says, “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”
- Worry – Patience takes away worry. He said He would come, and His promise is equal to His presence.
- Weeping – Patience takes away weeping. Why feel sad and despondent? He knows our needs better than we do, and His purpose in waiting is to bring more glory out of it all.
- Works – Patience takes away self-works. The work He desires is that we believe and when we believe, we may then know that all is well.
- Want – Patience takes away all want. Our desire for the thing we wish for is perhaps stronger than our desire for the will of God to be fulfilled in its arrival.
- Weakening – Patience takes away all weakening. Instead of having the delaying time, a time of letting go, know that God is getting a larger supply ready and must get you ready too.
- Wobbling – Patience takes away all wobbling. God’s foundations are steady; and when His patience is within, we are steady while we wait.
- Worship – Patience gives worship. A praiseful patience – sometimes “longsuffering with joyfulness” – is the best part of it all!
By C.H.P., Streams in the Desert, February 21st