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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Ability to Wait

"Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be" (Revelation 22:12)

When Jesus was on earth 2,000 years ago, He told His hearers that the "day of the Lord" was coming. He said no one except the Father in heaven knew the day or the hour.

It is our understanding that God's patience and His time of grace will endure until the world's cup of iniquity overflows. According to the Scriptures, patience - the ability to wait - is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

The human, natural part of us does not like to wait for anything. But the great God Almighty, who has all of eternity to accomplish His purposes, can afford to wait. In our creature impatience we are prone to cry out, "O God, how long? How long?"

And God replies, in effect, "Why are you in such a hurry? We have an eternity stretching before us."

It is not enough merely to know that Christ is coming, and to desire it. It is a great crisis in the life of a soul when it becomes truly centered there. The attraction of the soul is removed from earth to the heavens and learns to live under the power of the world to come.

~A. W. Tozer~

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