“I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He…set my feet upon a rock…And he hath put a new song in my mouth…”
We are living in a day of impatience – a fast age which demands speed in every phase of life. We demand speed in transportation – on the ground, in the air, and on the sea. We demand quick service in business – and become provoked if we do not receive it. We rush through our meals for physical food and demand short sermons for our spiritual food.
We are so keyed to this “jet-action” age that we even look for quick answers to hasty prayers – and become impatient and discouraged if we do not hear from heaven immediately!
Patience is a virtue. II Peter 1:5,6 says, “…add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness.” Verse 9 says, “But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.”
Have patience. Rest in the Lord, for He is a God of patience (Romans 15:5). If He were not a God of patience, none of us would be spared!
The world rushes madly on, and most of us find ourselves caught in the whirling eddy of time. Even in the few precious moments of our morning devotions, our minds rush impatiently ahead to the duties and cares of the day.
Let us, as God’s children, pause in quietness and remember the God Who saved us from our sin; for He Who saved us can also establish us and keep our feet on the solid rock. Let us not forget God as we endeavor to keep pace with this fast life which produces problems, discouragements, and weariness of body, mind and soul. If we look to HIM we will have patience, knowing that He will hear our cry; that He will lift us up and plant our feet firmly on the rock. And, as we wait patiently for the Lord, He will put a new song in our mouth!