Patience

February 16, 2021
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We've all heard the saying, "Patience is a virtue". Well, I'm not a patient person. I once read these words on a plaque: "God, grant me patience, and I want it now!"

Patience is something that we all need, especially in these days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Parents need patience with their children.
  • Spouses need patience with each other.
  • Shoppers need patience as they wait in line to get into the grocery stores and to keep their distance while they're shopping.

We all need patience as we wait:

  • for businesses and schools to re-open.
  • for this pandemic to be over.
  • for everyone to be vaccinated.

In these trying times, let us remember that God is always with us and that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Let's keep a good and patient attitude while we're waiting.

Psalm 27:14 says:

  • Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (NRSV)
  • Stay with God! Take heart. Don't quit. I'll say it again: Stay with God. (MSG)
  • Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (NIV)
  • Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. (NLT)
  • Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord! (NKJV)

And in Isaiah 40:31, we read, "But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." (NRSV)

According to Galatians 5:22, patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit. In these trying times, will others see the fruit of patience in you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, grant us courage, faith, and patience in these uncertain times that we are facing. We thank You that You will never leave us nor forsake us. We thank You for Your Holy Spirit Who lives in us and gives us the ability to be patient and to trust in You no matter what circumstances we face. Draw us close to You that we might come through this pandemic stronger and with a greater appreciation of life and how precious it is. May we be the people You want us to be, the people You have called us to be. In the midst of our anxiety, may we rest in the shadow of Your wings, for You are our refuge and strength. We pray these things in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Dee Renaud <dee.renaud@outlook.com>
Sauble Beach, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen, Dee.


    I really needed this devotion today. Thank you so much.


    How appropriate for today’s times! Enjoyed your story. Thanks!


    Greetings Dee: Thank you for your message today. A good reminder in these uncertain times.


    Thanks for this timely reminder. Isaiah 40:31 was my ordination verse! I cherish it so! Blessings.


    Amen, Dee! Patience is the virtue called upon daily right now! Thank you!
    (ON)


    What a great reminder as Lent begins tomorrow. Give up impatience and ask God for His patience to flood our souls each day!!!


    Thanks, Dee for a needed reminder. My feeling personally is that God gave us Big Tech to teach patience, (since I don’t drive, He can’t use a traffic jam).


    Thank you for your reminder to be patient. Psalm 27:13-14 have been favorite verses of mine for many years and thank you for the various translations!! Blessings.


    Good morning Dee,
    Thank you for your thoughts and a little humour on patience. I join you in your prayer to God to help us all on our life’s journey to realize that patience will make our lives better. May you have a blessed and patient day.


    These words rang true today more than ever before as my husband was tested for the Covid virus yesterday and we’re waiting the result today. So many other plans hinge on this result.
    Thank you and bless you for the wisdom that fitted right into the start of my day,
    (BC)


    Hello Dee,
    Many thanks for your devotional today. Patience is truly a high priority these days as almost everything is in “slowdown” mode. This is when our faith must remain strong and we must wait upon our Lord as His timing in answering our prayers is always the best solution. Your statement to “rest in the shadow of His wings” is very good advice and is a way we can feel contentment.
    Blessings for your meaningful writings.


    Good morning Dee,
    Good devotional this morning. Patience is a virtue for sure. One time, some years ago, at one of my Bible discussions at the local Nursing Home I talked about patience. One of the residents spoke up and said:
    Patience is a virtue, possess it if you can. It’s always had by women and never had by men.
    Actually, that is not quite true, I am sure we all know men are patient. I love that passage in Isaiah.
    Blessings.


    Very appropriate for these times.
    I find I can be patient with the circumstances but struggle to be patient with those who are grumpy and try to not be pulled into being grumpy myself.


    Dee:
    You certainly have a gift for writing. Thanks for this. Patience is a gift that many of us need more of. Thanks for showing me where to find God’s word in his Bible.
    Blessings.


    Dear Dee,
    I just want you to know that not only did your devotion on patience, especially your closing prayer, bless me, I shared the prayer with a friend in hospital with clinical depression. She found it so perfect where she is at. She then read it at breakfast in the hospital to a group of women who had noticed she is a Christian and commented on her faith. She asked if she could read a prayer a friend had just sent her, and they all nodded.
    So… God takes our offerings and multiplies them!
    God bless!


    Very well put.

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