February 21, 2018

CORRECTION for Tuesday, February 20: The second verse should have been 1 Timothy 1:16.

Colossians 3:5-10

Patience isn’t natural, especially in the world in which we live. In our world, time is money, and hurry is worn by many as a badge of honor. The faster we can get what we want the better. In contrast, Ann Voskamp writes, “The fast have spiritually slow hearts.”

She goes on to write in her book One Thousand Gifts:

Hurry always empties a soul. In Christ, urgent means slow...a slow and steady reverence. In Christ, time is not running out. In Christ, there is enough time to breathe deep and see the real. Time to laugh long, time to give God glory and to rest deep and sing for joy. And just enough time in a day not to feel hounded, pressed, driven or wild to get it all done.

God calls believers to live counter-cultural lives—to slow down, to listen, to breathe, to patiently wait, to cooperate with the timing and plan of the Spirit, and to keep in step with him. Paul says it this way, “Put to death whatever belongs to your earthly nature…” In order to learn patience, we must have a funeral for the impatience in our lives.

What and with whom are you impatient? Choose to hold a funeral for your impatience. Bury it and allow the Holy Spirit of God to provide patience in your life.