impatience. Because of impatience we
were driven out of Paradise, because
of impatience we cannot return.
King David understood the importance of waiting on the Lord. When he found himself in a deep “pit,” neck-high in “miry clay,” did David try to craft a “plan of action and milestones” to extricate himself? Would wriggling, wrestling, or writhing have enabled him to lift himself out of his quicksand pit? On the contrary, knowing that struggling would cause him to sink deeper, David remained still and “waited patiently for the Lord” to intervene.
Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash. Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering. (1 Samuel 13:11-12)
- I do not rely on my own understanding to resolve problems; I acknowledge God “in all my ways.”
- I do not violate my integrity to achieve an objective; I act with integrity, leaving the results to God.
- I do not act out of fear; I respond in faith based on God’s faithfulness and promises.
- I do not seek ungodly advice; I seek the counsel of godly men and women.
- I do not form alliances with ungodly men: I seek relationships with others on the “narrow way.”
- I do not yield to temptation; I approach the “Throne of Grace” in times of testing.
- I do not use prayer as a last resort; I devote consistent time to God in prayer, in good times and bad.
- I am not miserly with God’s provision; I honor God in my giving knowing He is my provider.
- I am not impatient when God’s answer is delayed; I wait upon the Lord for His answer and provision.