I have given up trying to keep up with all the blogs I want read. So I select what interests me, skipping from here to there.
Don Merritt has finished his series on the Book of Ecclesiastes. He is now well into Matthew. Lord willing, I suppose I will read his commentary on that too, but right now I am considering virtue of patience.
Do you have the patience to be patient? Cute! Right? Wondering how original that phrase is I googled it. Even in quotes “the patience to be patient” returned over 500,000 hits. It seems that patience is a struggle for most of us. So is our propensity to be cute — and trite.
I then wondered why more people don’t turn to the Bible for strength. So I considered what my search had returned. I have yet to read the book, but it seems that in desperation some do (=> https://books.google.com/books?id=hk6Hvuk5VK8C&pg=PA7&lpg=PA7&dq=%22the+patience+to+be+patient%22&source=bl&ots=EKF_nySF7B&sig=I6VNX7LEq5-01AeEnWVwp4cdOfg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi8zMKNsMDWAhUKRSYKHTOzBR4Q6AEIRjAJ). The first article that Google returned was also revealing. Before she requests feedback, here is how it ends.
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of being impatient. I’m tired of letting normal, everyday activities upset me so much that I’m an impatient, unhappy person. I’m trying very hard to remember that every single one of us, those in line in front of me, the person walking so slowly that I have to wait, the driver in front of me going slower than molasses, are not doing it to hurt me or make me angry. They are simply other human beings living out their life and doing the best job that they can… just like me. We all have things to do, we all have schedules, and we all have responsibilities. Maybe one of those responsibilities should be to have more understanding for others and to be more patient… with each other. (=> http://ezinearticles.com/?Do-You-Have-the-Patience-to-Be-Patient?&id=9730395)
We think we are too busy, but the Bible offers something deeper than worn platitudes. It puts our silly and childish complaints about waiting in the perspective of eternity, the perspective of someone facing death. When forever is ahead of us, what choice do we have except to dwell in and enjoy the moment?
Psalm 46:10 English Standard Version (ESV)
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
Our most excellent adventure now moves into the second of the sections in chapter seven: Patience. Yes dear reader, I am going over this one carefully myself, since patience is really not my strongest suit! The topic is set clearly enough in verse 8:
The end of a matter is better than its beginning,
and patience is better than pride.
This verse hearkens back to the discussion in the previous section about houses of mourning and the day of death being better than the day of birth; a matter is best concluded in life, rather than begun, for in its conclusion we know if we have concluded it properly and in a way pleasing in the eyes of God. Likewise, it is better to be patient than proud. If you stop and think about pride, it might not seem to line up well with patience, for all too often…
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