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Got Time for Patience?
By. L. Kibler
I sat there, reading my Bible, and tried
to still my jumpy legs. The day ahead filled my thoughts and I hurriedly read.
I peeked forward to see how long the chapter was. I have 35 more verses? Ugh. I
have so much to do, and I have to read another chapter after this. My morning
devotions come first thing (after I have made a cup of tea and peeled a
banana). I read through the Bible each year and on the morning I read Exodus
31-33, I rushed to finish. I had to hit the treadmill, do laundry, run to the
store, meet my accountability partner for lunch, figure out what to have for
dinner and get all the ingredients and then cook it. On and on my plans went.
In the chapters I read, the account of
the grumbling Israelites at Mt. Sinai convicted me.
"When the people saw that Moses
delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together
to Aaron and said to him, '"Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As
for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not
know what has become of him."' (Exodus 32:1 ESV)
Then it hit me, the impatience of the
people at Mt. Sinai was mine. I too sat before the Lord grumbling and
stiff-necked. My daily idol of checking things off my list spoiled my precious
time with Him. At that realization, I paused to confess my sin and ask the
Lord's forgiveness for my hurried attitude. And I asked Him to open my eyes to
all that He wanted to tell me and teach me through His Word.
It does no good to be impatient with
God. Every time we try to hurry His actions or our reactions, we chase after
other gods, other idols to make ourselves feel better about who we are. So,
even knowing what we know about God, sometimes we remain stiff-necked, just as
the Israelites were during their days in the wilderness. Yet the Lord answered
the entreaties of their intercessor, Moses, and did not blot all of them out.
He preserved some. His glory and promises shown, even through their sin of
That morning, I made myself slow down
and look carefully at how the Lord exposed the great sin of the Israelites. The
people supposed that Moses had forgotten them, and that his delay was cause for
them to create their own idols to worship. They knew he was with the Lord on
the mountain, but they wanted Moses, their visible leader, and they wanted him
immediately. Did they so soon forget what God had done? Had they made Moses
God rescued them from their Egyptian
yoke of slavery, and after only three months in the wilderness (safe from their
oppressors), they had already groused to Moses about leaving Egypt and its
resources ("We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the
cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic." Numbers
11:5 ESV). God had just given them His commandments in precise detail and
promised them their future conquest over Canaan, the Promised Land. They did
not know or come to understand their test of faithfulness. They did not know
that their time of wandering would be 40 years—40 years of impatient grumbling.
Thank God Moses interceded for them,
although not all of them were saved. Actually, all who left Egypt 20-years-old
and upward, except Joshua and Caleb, perished before reaching the Promised
Land. Joshua and Caleb showed faith in the Lord and trusted His promises to
lead them in overtaking the inhabitants of the land they were to inhabit. God
rewarded Joshua and Caleb's patient faithfulness, but as for the faithless
remainder, He "let their carcasses fall in the wilderness" (Numbers
As I reread those passages, I thanked
God for slowing my pace. He gave me the opportunity to reflect and learn. If
Joshua and Caleb gained such a reward for their patience during the time of
Israel's 40-year test in the wilderness, how could 40 minutes of reading not
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filling little by little with water. The closer the bucket gets to being full,
the larger the crowd grows beneath in anticipation—children and adults alike
wait for the outpouring. Then SUDDENLY the bucket tips and a great flood of
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old. In Revelation 8,
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