The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


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"Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all those who wait for him" (Isa. 30:18).

Lets see....My pet peeve...My pet peeve is waiting in a line at a traffic light that is red. The light changes, and someone feels the necessity to honk their horn if the line does not move immediatly. Do you have a "patience" pet peeve? I think we all do. Many people today are much too impatient. Immediate action has become the mantra of the day.

This same impatience carries over into our relationship with God if we are not careful. We bring Him a request and expect an immediate answer. We have become impatient when it is not forthcoming. God, however knows the importance of our learning the lesson of waiting, not only our waiting on God, but His waiting on us. He may allow us to wait that we may be better prepared for the answer to the request. He may let us wait that our capacity to receive His answer may be enlarged. He may have things to accomplish in the lives of others before He can give us what we are asking. He may know that we are still to self-absorbed. But our waiting is never in vain.

There may be a lesson of patience to be learned which can come only through waiting. "But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, not lacking anything" (James 1:4). Sometimes we want our way and are not willing to wait for His plan to be revealed to us. In our impatience we choose our way instead of God's. We may miss God's best because of our unwillingness to wait.

In order for fruit to be good to the taste, there is a period of ripening. It may look good early, but unless it is ripe, we will be disappointed in the taste. God often gives us a "waiting period" for spiritual fruit to be produced in our lives. Even though we may think that He has forgotten us, only He knows when we are ready. He is never ahead or behind schedule, but always right on time. His time. Do you remember waiting for a present at Christmas that you knew you were getting? The waiting made it better. If He waits longer than we wish, it will make the blessing more pleasing when it comes.

Have a wonderful day...Let your light shine....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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