IMPATIENCE IS NORMAL
As I was walking to the bank this Friday morning, I noticed that not only had my son pressed the button to cross the street, but so did the lady across the street, and so did I! We all were cognizant of each other, we all had seen each other, we were all going the same way… and yet WE ALL PUSHED THE BUTTON!
“All creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering! We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)” Ro.8:19-25
I started thinking, as I saw all of us impatiently waiting for the light to turn green, that this must be something. There must be an impatient nature in us, because as soon as we are born we are impatient! Impatient for our next meal, our next drink, our next whatever.
That is when the thought came to me… we must be impatient from childbirth in eager expectation of the end! Seriously though, if you are a believer and read the Bible at all, you know there is an end in sight. If you are not a believer, then how else can you explain the nature of humanities impatience, if not for a natural desire to have life come to an end as quickly as possible?
WE ARE IMPATIENT TO BE BACK WITH OUR FATHER!
“… we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering!”
Praise the Lord for His Word! Since the beginning of time… “all creation is waiting eagerly”… we have been in a rush, and it is not in fear, it is in eager expectation of the Lord and His return! Our bodies have tasted the Holy Spirit, and we are groaning to have the full flavor of Him! Like a child who tastes a bit of cotton candy, the child will not be satisfied until the whole thing is devoured!
Have you ever wondered…
- Why do I stand in front of the microwave and wait for the popcorn to pop?
- Why do I watch TV live, when I have TiVo?
- Why do I hurry to get in and out of the bathroom?
- Why do I go OVER the speed limit, or always at maximum alotted speed?
- Why IS there a speed limit??
- Why can I not wait to grow older when I am a kid, yet want to slow down as an adult, but still be done with all my responsibilities as soon as possible???
“We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.”
The issue that must be addressed then, is the understanding of the difference between impatience and anxiety. Scripture says that we are to be anxious for nothing (Phil 4:6), and that there is an appointed season for everything (Eccl 3). Multiple times the Lord speaks of anxiety as a ‘sin’ and that we are not to worry about anything, and yet from our creation we are impatient!
My encouragement to you today, is to understand that being impatient is not a sin, but we must recognize the difference between being impatient with worry… impatience + worry = anxiety, and impatience in its natural state of EXCITEMENT!
We are impatient for the very best things in life, like Christmas, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, Christ’s return! Anytime something really GREAT is about to happen, we are impatient for it to do so. When we are sure to watch out that our natural impatience does not turn into anxiety, we will be pleasing our Father and found ..”waiting patiently and confidently”! AMEN!
A prayer for today,
“Thank you Lord that you have made me from the beginning of time, to be naturally impatient for Your arrival. This gives me CONFIDENCE in You and the knowledge of Your return. If we weren’t all impatient, the believer and unbeliever, I would begin to worry that You weren’t who You said You were, and were not coming back. This revelation, had impressed to me that YOU in-fact ARE real, and we ARE Your creation! From the beginning of time, we have rushed in everything we do, and now I know why. Thank you for keeping me from anxiety, and in the revelation that though we might be impatient in the natural, in You we can become patient and confident! Because with You ALL things are possible!”
God Bless you today as you wait for the Lord!
” And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together[m] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.” Romans 8:26-30
As a community we welcome your comments and replies!