January 17, 2021
No Patience without Trials
How should we behave in the face of challenging situations? Take note that there is no patience when there are no trials, no tribulations, no stresses and no challenging situations. How do we display the patience that is characteristic of Christ? First, we thank God. A person’s first reaction is usually “Why me?”, but the Bible says to rejoice in God’s will (Philippians 4:4;1 Peter 1:6). Second, we seek His purposes. Sometimes God allows us in difficult situations so that we can be a witness. Other times, He might allow a trial for sanctification of character. Remembering that His purpose is for our growth and His glory will help us in the trial. Third, we remember His promises such as Romans 8:28, which tells us this:“…. all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” The “all things” in this verse include the things that try our patience.
Impatience eats away the peace God has given you to keep and use for His honor and His glory. You should be strong in faith and be happy when you are faced with a condescending person running you down to show that he/she is mad at what you did or did not do. Such situations should be a welcome one because it enables you to practice being patient. Perhaps, you will be able to correct them. You should assess the situation and offer apology when you’re at fault or to usher in peace and calm.
You should respond with Praise to God that, as a Christian, you are no longer in bondage to a “natural response” because you are a new creation in Christ Himself (2 Corinthians 5:17).We have the Lord’s strength to respond with patience and in complete trust in the Father’s power and purpose (Romans 2:7).
My advice is to walk by faith and no longer by sight because faith will help you overcome obstacles and land mines of the enemy seeking to run you down. Note: Expect to be confronted with situations that will raise your blood pressure and be ready to say, “I’m not in control; my God is.” “I’ll not fall a victim to the enemy; I’m not alone, Jesus is my guide.” You should remember to repeat the powerful Words of Jesus, “Peace be still” in Jesus’ name.
Let’s pray: O! Lord, my patience is one most important way to worship You and honor You. Help me to be an imitator of my Savior, Jesus Christ. His patience paid the price He did not owe and the debt I could not pay. Thank You Lord, for Your love for me, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Today’s reading: Genesis 43-45; Matthew 12:1-23
Peace be Still, in Jesus’ Name.
Rev Bassey Ekong, Dip Ed, BSc. Ed, B. Ed, M. Ed is an educator/teacher of science on the high school panel of the local board of education in the Ottawa-Carleton region. He’s a psychology of learning specialist. A scholar, always learning, a writer, teacher and trainer, adviser board of directors and pastor of the Light of the Nations ministry international, a non-denominational ministry with its headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.