Learn to be Patient

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Reading Verse: Deuteronomy 7:1-26

Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.

Proverbs 16:32

There was a story about an impatient farmer in China in the era of Song Dynasty. He felt that the rice in his field grew so slowly. He wanted them to grow faster. One day, he was thinking to pull the rice up in order to make them grow faster. And he did it. When he got home, he told his wife that he had just helped the rice grow faster. His wife was confused listening to her husband’s story. She was not sure the rice which was just planted 3 weeks ago would be cultivated soon. She then asked how he helped the rice grow faster. Her husband told her that he pulled the rice up one by one. The wife was surprised hearing this and she blamed her husband for the mistake he did. But the farmer was certain that he did the best way to get a quick result. The next day, he excitedly went to the field. And he was disappointed finding out the rice was all dead. Because of his impatience, his effort to help had caused him a big loss.

The same goes in life, as human beings we tend to be impatient and always want to have everything instantly. This attitude brings us into trouble and even loss. The Word of God also says that the walk of the rush is not good. And it is also written that a patient man is more than a hero (Proverbs 16:32). It is necessary to have patience in life so we can get the best from God. There are many things that require us to be patient; one of them is when facing every life process. Often times we want the process to end immediately, but we should not get out of the process because it will bring good to us. When we choose to get out of the process, we will have to encounter the same process all over again. So, do not try to count on our own strength. In any situations, it is important to have patience in every of our hope and waiting moments so that we may find the best thing in life.

Keep in mind that Jesus is faithful to His promises. We must have patience until His time of fulfillment comes.


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