Have you ever noticed that other peoples forgetfulness can try your patience? As a college professor, I find my patience stretched when a student forgets to do an assignment thats clearly spelled out in the syllabus.
In the Old Testament story of Joseph, we see a far worse example of forgetfulnessand we can only imagine how he struggled to be patient as a result.
While in prison, Joseph interpreted a dream of the kings butler, which led to the mans release. Joseph told him, Remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house (Gen. 40:14). It would seem that after Joseph had helped the butler gain freedom, remembering him would have been high on his to do list. But it was 2 years before the butler spoke to Pharaoh about Joseph (41:9). Finally, Joseph was freed.
Imagine the impatience Joseph felt as he waited each day in that dungeon (40:15)perhaps thinking his only chance at freedom had passed. Yet Joseph had a resource: He had Gods presence (39:21), as do we (Heb. 13:5). When youre feeling impatient, lean on the God who is always with you. Hell turn your impatience into patient trust.
Thank you Mayor... Lord give me a patient,trusting heart, is my prayer.
Thank you for another thoughtful ODB post, Rus. I often have a really hard time with patience.
“[God] Himself has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. Hebrews 13:5”
Thank you, for the beautiful devotionals.