Patience | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

11.11.22 | Community, International, Pulpit Posts, World

We live in a world that is unpredictable, a world which is worrisome to us, a world in which we never thought we would experience.

What do we do when trouble tries to bury us? Do we trust God even when we can’t see His plan? Somehow we seem to think God needs to explain what he is doing. Trust God? Be calm? Have patience?

We must stand firm. We must stay with God’s plan. Rest if you must, but never give up and never quit, if you haven’t already, learned to have patience. By standing firm, you will stay calm trusting the Unseen Hand.

What does Patience mean? It is the capacity to tolerate delay and trouble without getting angry or upset. Continue, cheerful, hopeful, having endurance.

God’s plan is very clear. He desires us to stay humble. May we be mindful that anger, fits and temper tantrums, never accomplish God’s plan. We must accept each other in love.

Patience is to allow the Holy Spirit to take control. It is up to you. Patience or regret? Stay focused on what is important.

A couple of things we need to remember with patience. View issues or problems that either we encounter or see others encounter as an opportunity for God’s light to shine through us. When trouble and persecution occur, this is a time for you to be a witness.

When problems and troubles occur keep focused on God and his ways. Constantly read and study his word. Worship regularly, pray daily, and make sure you are in places to receive his forgiveness.

When we do these things, we are better prepared for living as Christian disciples. Not because in themselves these activities save us, not because we gain a heap of rules but because they help us see God in action and understand God’s approach to a better life. They help us see that our life is about what Jesus has done, is doing and will do for us and through us. They will help us see that God hasn’t deserted us when trouble happens.

Be patient and wait on the Lord, for in him and through him all things are possible.

Rev. Robert Jacobs

Rev. Robert Jacobs


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