Welcome my friend! Come on in & we’ll enjoy a cuppa together.
It’s been one of those weeks. You know the kind where you think you have everything planned, executed & ready to go only to realise God has other plans!
Have you ever had one of those weeks?
I’m sure you have!
Today we’re enjoying a hot Chai latte, or coffee if you prefer, with a large gf choc chip cookie, I’m having white choc but there is also milk or dark choc chip.
It’s a freezing & rainy Winter’s day here on the East coast of Australia, so we’re seated in my warm living room, all comfy.
It’s been an interesting week writing. I did have a follow on post for last week’s, What happens when Trust is Broken?
Which would have given a fuller understanding to my recent experience but God has other plans, so here we are!
It’s Friday morning & I don’t have a post ready to publish this afternoon.
Interestingly the post I had ready was titled ‘Patience under Fire‘ hmmmm!
Do you think God maybe teaching me a little more patience?
Let’s take a wee look at what God thinks about patience while we’re sipping our cuppa’s & munching our cookies.
God’s view on Patience
When I looked up the Biblical Cyclopaedia I found the following categories under Patience which is generally defined as;
“the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.”
The Cyclopaedic sub categories listed are;
- The Patience of God – Grace
- Patience – Manifested in God’s nature
- Patience – A Christian grace
I think we’ll focus upon Grace for today’s reflection because if you notice it’s emphasised twice, once under the Patience of God & as a part of the Christian walk.
We’ll look at the general definition of grace before we continue. Grace is defined as the;
“unmerited favour [of God]”
Isn’t that interesting!
Patience requires Grace
So let’s put those two definitions together;
“It takes God’s unmerited favour to have the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.”
In other words;
It takes God’s grace to have patience!
Let’s say that again, it takes God’s help for us to not only have patience with our own circumstances but to grace others!
So when trust is broken we can ‘Ask’ & allow God’s grace to flow while guarding our hearts. For,
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”(ref) 1 John 5: 14-15
Until next time,
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