May 7, 2014

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.” Psalm 37:7-9

Everyone has to wait. I don’t know of anyone who seeks to wait. We are forced to wait. We wait for the doctor; we wait in traffic; we wait in the grocery line; we wait for results; we wait for opportunities; everyone is confronted with the necessity to wait. Therefore, we get a lot of practice in how to wait well.

Alone on the train

The advent of Smartphone game apps makes waiting a little more bearable for me. I play solitaire on my Smartphone to pass the waiting moment. I will settle myself into a comfortable waiting chair and occupy my mind with a game of solitaire as I wait.

The particular solitaire app that I play has two game options. One option is a random dealing of digital cards. Cards appear on my screen from a random number generator with no reason or intention. It is  purely a matter of chance as to whether the cards will fall in such an order as to allow you to win the game. The other option is a dealing of a winning set of digital cards. In this case, someone has designed the order and placement of cards so that the hand can be won. It is a matter of stepping through the cards and discovering the design hidden in the stacks.


I noticed a pattern in my playing the last time I waited for my wife and daughter’s hunt for the elusive prey of fitting jeans. I noticed that I am rather impatient with cards randomly dealt. I am quick to abandon the game and move on to another because I know that chaos rarely allows a win.  A misplaced card will frustratingly block a stack that contains the link to successfully win the game and I will quickly give up.

Alternatively, I will patiently try to find the secrets of a game that I know to be designed. The knowledge that the game is not randomly driven, results in a surprising degree of patience. I will patiently flip through the digital cards long after I would have abandoned a random game with similar apparent barriers, because I know that chaos does not reign.

I realized that this pattern of patience in the simplicity of solitaire might hint at a wider truth. Waiting becomes difficult when we begin to lose hope that all will work out well. We are prone to act rashly when we sense the powerlessness that comes from waiting. The temptation to give up, grows proportionately to our belief that chaos reigns.

We are told to patiently wait for the Lord. There is a belief inherent in that command. Patient waiting only makes sense if there is a design behind the circumstances we find ourselves in. The knowledge that life’s circumstances are not randomly driven should result in enduring patience.

Because God is in control…

…we don’t have to fret about all that has gone wrong.
…we don’t have to fret about those who cheat to get ahead.
…we can refrain from anger.
…we can refrain from revenge.
…we know He will deal with the evil of the world.

Because God is in control, we can wait patiently for Him.

PRAYER: Father, you know that I don’t wait well.  Forgive the unbelief inherent in my impatience.  Lord, teach me your patience.  Teach me to trust you.  Teach me to wait upon you in faith.  Thank you for being in control.  Thank you for giving my life and this world a plan.  Thank you for the design that your hand has made in all things.  Open my eyes to the work of your hand in this world and my life.  I pray this in the precious name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen

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  1. Reblogged this on This Profound Mystery ….

  2. This is such a great post! It is very easy to lose perspective on a situation and allow impatience and dissatisfaction to take root. Thank you and God Bless!

  3. Patience is the ability to stand in righteousness in the midst of situations, circumstances and relationships without complaining.

    ~ Dr. Mary Banks @iammarybanks

    • Wonderful quote – thanks for sharing it.
      God Bless!

  4. Thanks for your post! It reminds me of the phrase from the Psalms that we use to begin our twice daily sessions of still prayer.
    “For God alone my soul in silence waits,
    from whence comes my salvation.”
    Peace and blessings, Glyn

  5. “The knowledge that life’s circumstances are not randomly driven should result in enduring patience.” Such a profound truth that tends to get buried under the garbage of worry, impatience, frustration, etc. Thank you, JD, for bringing that important thought to the forefront, in all its shining glory! God has a plan–even a design for how that plan will unfold to its perfect conclusion. I can rest in faith!

  6. Awesome post. I needed this one. Thank you.

  7. Well said! Just prayed that prayer … as I wait for an answer …

  8. The timing is perfect! Did I say, ouch….I meant to say OUCH!!! Actually triple or quad triple that. So many areas of waiting right now. I had not seen my impatience as a sign of unbelief in the love of my Father…I am so sorry Lord for doubting your love and plans..grant me grace to see You in all things!

  9. Are Iphones considered “evil devices?” Just kidding. I really enjoy these concise nuggets you post. Thanks.

  10. Oh! This is so good. Our impatience is actually set upon a foundation that God is not in control! I have never looked at it that way before. Thanks for this revelation.

  11. This is the word of the Lord right here! THANK YOU!

  12. […] patiently for him,” we wiggle–a lot. Here’s a great blog post (below) by “A Devoted Life“ on how we can learn to wiggle less, and wait […]

  13. Reblogged this on Sara's Musings and commented:
    Did you know that worrying only leads to evil? Think about it . . . when has anything we’ve been worry about ever lead to good (the worrying, I mean). No, it’ wastes precious time and energy and our own resources for thinking good instead of fretting about anything and mostly about things we have no control over. Worrying also tells us our true state in trusting God (ouch, that one hurts). In other works, do we really trust God? With everything? Even that thing we are worrying about RIGHT NOW??? Worrying is one of the hardest things to try to stop doing. And I know as I do it far too much. The other side of that coin in waiting. Nobody likes to wait, especially in a society like ours where most of our whims can be satisfied in a moment’s notice (as in 24/7 access). And when God reminds us to “Be still and know that I am God” and to “wait patiently for him,” we wiggle–a lot. Here’s a great blog post by “A Devoted Life” on how we can learn to wiggle less, and wait well. Enjoy!

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