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Sundown Devotional: Waiting Bravely and Patiently

MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

As the sun sets on the workweek, Sundown Devotional brings friends together, away from the stressful workplace and the hustle and bustle in the streets. We relax, reminisce, reflect and share inspiration from our peaceful meditation on a short Scripture passage. In this session, we focus on waiting patiently. Christian or not, we will all be encouraged. Welcome!

Waiting (Photo Credit: cocoparisienne. Text added)

Waiting (Photo Credit: cocoparisienne. Text added)

The Devotional

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. ―Psalm 27:14 (NLT)

Two friends were vacationing on a cruise ship. They had separate cabins on different decks, and each morning they met for breakfast in the dining room. One morning, the elevators were slow and the first to arrive waited patiently for the other. “Don’t you just hate waiting on the elevator?” asked the latecomer. “Why?” came the reply. “No matter how quickly you get on and off, you’ll still be on this ship.”

For some, life is a state of constant hurry. They find it difficult to slow down, to live in the moment, without hatching a plan to keep things moving. Yet, there are situations in which not only is haste unnecessary, but waiting is critical. Sarah could testify about her folly in running ahead to make God’s promise come true, only to create problems in her household (Genesis 16). When only God can make or show us the next right move, we do well to wait on Him.

In Psalm 27, David begs his soul to wait patiently on the Lord, and to be brave about it. What does bravery have to do with waiting? It takes courage to maintain our moral standards while we wait for a mate who honors God. It takes courage to keep waiting for God’s guidance while the microphones are blasting “Just do it.” It takes courage not to give up on God after we think that we have waited too long for a happy home, good health, financial stability or any other blessing for which we have prayed.

In a working, personal connection with God, we learn to wait with patience. Fussing, worrying and childish temper tantrums are not becoming. Instead, our prayer life solidifies, our humility sweetens and our faith swells. We learn life-changing lessons, and make attitude adjustments. We even experience growth spurts in our character while we wait. “Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”

Prayer: Gracious God, we pray with thanksgiving that we learn to wait with bravery and patience when waiting means full surrender to Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Photo Credit: ssphs3

Photo Credit: ssphs3

Ten Quotes on Waiting Patiently

  1. “Wait patiently but watch prayerfully.” ―Lailah Gifty Akita
  2. “Patience is to wait for the ice to melt instead of breaking it.” ―Munia Khan
  3. “The beauty of a morning glory, is that of its patient wait for the sun to rise in the morning!” ―Mary Kate
  4. “What we do while we wait may be more important than what we are waiting for.” ―Tim Hiller
  5. “Sometimes in life we couldn't wait and take wrong decisions, then we have to wait till eternity just to make things right.” ―Ratish Edwards
  6. “It is more important to go slow and gain the lessons you need along the journey then to rush the process and arrive at your destination empty.” ―Germany Kent
  7. “Waiting well looks forward to the future while staying present in the present. Waiting well means I remain open to God and allow Him to move me toward the future He has planned, in His time.” ―Wendy Pope
  8. “Everyone that wants to fulfil God’s commission and His ministry in their lives has to know how to wait patiently, how to wait for God. Only when He then appears can success be guaranteed.” ―Sunday Adelaja
  9. “When you don’t understand what is happening, you need to wait, trust God, and rest in His care. He is always faithful to His own.” ―Jim George
  10. “The stretching of your faith is immediate pain that results in ultimate gain. It is in the waiting that we become who we are meant to be.” ―Mandy Hale
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Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 17, 2020:

Thanks, Manatita. Your contribution is meaningful. "Just be" is great advice.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 17, 2020:

Rachelle, you're not alone. You speak for many of us. Learning patience takes forever. Thanks for sharing.

manatita44 from london on January 17, 2020:

Tell them not to wait, Dee, but just be.

Waiting comes from expectation and also for us Christians, a belief that Jesus will return. Frankly, the pure Hearts see Him constantly. So it is all about being ready … not waiting to be ready. He will only repeat what he said in scripture.

Waiting comes because we are looking at the future. My own inner experience, let alone the Masters, is that Joy is in the service itself in our everyday lives … in the present. We cannot 'pull' God, neither can we move faster than Grace.

So what we call patience is really an act of humility, in a contrite Heart. Just a small contribution.

Rachelle Williams from Tempe, AZ on January 17, 2020:

Because I'm SUCH an impatient person, this waiting thing is really something I need to work on...or rather, the "impatient" part is the thing that needs work...

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 14, 2020:

Mary, you're not alone, but it's never too late to learn, thank God. Let's try it until it becomes a habit.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 14, 2020:

Waiting is definitely difficult for me. I just can't seem to do it with grace.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 12, 2020:

Bill, that's cute. "WAITING for next week's edition." Thanks for your ind, sweet comment.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on January 12, 2020:

I have to admit, Dora, patience is not one of my better qualities for sure. Still, your devotional wrapped me in calm. Thank you. Now - to wait for next week's edition.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 12, 2020:

Lori, thanks for sharing those additional verses about waiting. The first offers a benefit, that is, renewed strength. The second emphasizes hope. Very encouraging!

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on January 11, 2020:

They say if you pray for patience, you'll be given a trial to test your patience so be careful what you pray for. Lol. Ain't that the truth. I thought as I read of a couple of verses that I've always loved about waiting and patience.

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Psalm 130:5-6 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.

Such an important message, Thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 11, 2020:

Thanks, Kari. I would say the same thing you say, and add that although it is difficult, it is not impossible. God help us!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 11, 2020:

Manatita, thanks for your insightful commentary. Sri Chinmoy is very practical. I do appreciate the contribution from both of you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 11, 2020:

Liz, when it comes to patience, we all need to be encouraged. Seems we never graduate with credentials in patience, but we get better at as we continue to practice. Pleased that the devotionals help.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on January 11, 2020:

Dora, this article and these quotes are inspiring. It is so hard to surrender fully to his will. I love the one about waiting for the ice to melt.

manatita44 from london on January 11, 2020:

I initially chose that paragraph to comment on it's poetic feel in a couple of lines. Still, it is also instructive and so I copied it in full.

"In a working, personal connection with God, we learn to wait with patience. Fussing, worrying and childish temper tantrums are not becoming. Instead, our prayer life solidifies, our humility sweetens and our faith swells. We learn life-changing lessons, and make attitude adjustments. We even experience growth spurts in our character while we wait. “Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” -MS Dora

We say patience is a virtue, like we use so many other clichés that are very meaningful. They just need practice.

"Patience is an inner assurance of God's unreserved love and unconditional guidance. Patience is God's power hidden in us to weather the teeming storms of life.... patience will never tell us that something is a hopeless task.

Patience will only tell us either that we are not ready or that the time is not ripe. We may have the feeling that we are ready, but we have to know that our integral being, our whole being, is not ready." -Sri Chinmoy. Another great and instructive Hub, as usual

Liz Westwood from UK on January 10, 2020:

In a busy world, often bordering on the frenetic, I love the way your Sundown Devotionals help us to slow down and ponder on God's Word. Patience generally seems to be a quality in short supply these days. Thanks as ever for the encouragement your articles bring.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 10, 2020:

James, I listened to your theme song sung by Albertina Walker. It focuses on God's patience with us. True, we can learn from Him. He waits and waits and waits for us to get it right. That's why we can trust Him and wait on Him because He loves us more than any one else.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 10, 2020:

Thanks, Flourish. We learn as we go. I'm sure that you are better at waiting now than you used to be.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 10, 2020:

Linda, thanks for including Psalm 46:10 in your comment. "Be still and know that I am God" is really where our patience begins.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 10, 2020:

Denise, it helps to know where we are. God meets you there and helps you grow. You will develop patience in the process.

James C Moore from The Great Midwest on January 10, 2020:

I consider "Please be Patient With Me" my personal theme song. I suppose I should be patient with Him as I ask everyone else to be patient with me. Patience can be a struggle. Enlightening hub.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 10, 2020:

I’m definitely not one who waits well. These are lovely quotes that demonstrate the better side of humanity.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 10, 2020:

Your reference to Sarah was the focus of last Sunday's sermon at my church. Our faith tells us to rely on the Lord, but our human nature is to always take things into our own hands.

I have a dear friend is in the midst of a cancer battle. She wears a medallion to her chemo treatments to remind her where her focus should be. It's inscribed with the words of Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God."

Thank you for another beautiful devotional. This is a wonderful, reflective way to end the week.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on January 10, 2020:

Waiting patiently is probably one of my greatest weaknesses! I don't do very well at it. Perhaps that comes from having both anxiety and depression at the same time. These quotes are just what I needed to hear right now!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 10, 2020:

Bill, I appreciate you too. Patience takes time, and if we are willing, we learn it eventually. So happy that we did.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 10, 2020:

Thanks, Pam. Sure waiting is difficult. We understand it better as we mature, and hopefully we appreciate the benefits.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 10, 2020:

Thanks, Devika. True, people respond differently to an encounter with God. Just so we know that He loves us.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 10, 2020:

Thanks, John. It is not as easy as it sounds, but the more we strive, the better we do.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 10, 2020:

Patience was not always a strength of mine. I have had to learn it as I evolved into the human being I wanted to be. :) Thank you always for the inspiration and for your friendship.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 10, 2020:

I think waiting for an answer to a prayer is difficult sometimes. This is an excellent devotional as it addresses waiting on the Lord very well. I like your quotes as well, Ms Dora.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 10, 2020:

Hi Ms Dora a touch from God makes us feel anxious. May not be the same for everyone. Thank you for another Sundown Devotional. It is with a powerful meaning to all to apprehend.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 10, 2020:

Thank you for a wonderful devotional MsDora. A very good message of being patient and waiting bravely.I love the quotes too.