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Topic: Patience (08/21/08)
TITLE: Pain With a Purpose
By Hannah Hunter
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for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow, and don't try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.”
These wonderful verses tell us that all the irritating, annoying, frightening and difficult things in our life are good for us because they develop in us the fruit of patience. It is difficult to remember that when you start to reconcile your bank account and the dreaded “Invalid User ID or password” message pops up for the second month in a row. You would rather go back to the stone age than spend another hour on the phone with an arrogant tech support person trying to get you into your account while assuring you that the problem is your fault because their system is error free.
And you really want to drop out of patience school when your child is crying with an earache at 2:00 a.m. and none of your medicine cabinet remedies can stop the pain. The learning process is painful and exhausting. If given the choice we would probably all drop out, but God wants us to be “strong in character, full and complete.” So, the choice is His, not ours. The good news is that God is in us, suffering with us. We can face both the daily petty annoyances and the more serious catastrophes with the assurance that He cares and that he will bring good from even the most difficult situation.
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