photo by: Shirley/Oklahoma/October 2008
Not Instant
originally written 19 Oct 10
posted 31 Dec 10
Our God is not an “instant” God.

It's a mistake to buy into impatience.

Instant might be good—but not best.
Doing things right—growing in proper order—leads to better.

Taking time to grow leads to best result.

We get impatient & try to trade best for “good enough” but that is not God’s plan for us.

“Be still before the LORD 
   and wait patiently for him; 
do not fret when people succeed in their ways, 
   when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; 
   do not fret—it leads only to evil. 
For those who are evil will be destroyed, 
   but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.”
Psalm 37:7-9

“I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. 
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; 
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. 
Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.”
Psalm 40:1-3

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming.
See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop,
patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.
Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters,
or you will be judged.  The Judge is standing at the door!
Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering,
take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered.
You have heard of Job’s perseverance and
have seen what the Lord finally brought about.
The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”
James 5:7-11

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends:
With the Lord a day is like a thousand years,
and a thousand years are like a day.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.
Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish,
but everyone to come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3:8-9

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