Okay with Waiting—Day 5

By on May 22, 2020 in Okay with Waiting | 0 comments

Okay with Waiting—Day 5 Proverbs 25: 15 “By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, And a soft tongue breaks the bones.” As we conclude this week’s devotional series, let us remember the key to being influential with people in powerful positions is by being patient. Patience is a virtue that so many believers run away from, mainly because of our innate tendency to want things immediately. How can we walk with God being impatient?  How do we walk with God wanting what we want when we want it?  God doesn’t move according to our set time.  This week’s devotional series reminds us that it is okay to wait on God. Lack of visible activity does not mean there is no activity with God. It is imperative to remember that we are always under the watchful eyes of our Lord. He sees what we are going through, and because God is always at work, we should be okay with waiting on Him....

Okay with Waiting—Day 4

By on May 21, 2020 in Okay with Waiting | 0 comments

Okay with Waiting—Day 4 Proverbs 25: 15 “By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, And a soft tongue breaks the bones.” I am always in awe of God and the lessons He has taught me. I enjoy learning from Him and His Word. As we have spent time meditating on this devotional passage, it became starkly apparent to me that patience has a sound. Often, we can tell how someone feels because of how they express themselves; especially when they oppose something or someone. It’s hard for most of us not to show externally what we feel internal. It is easier for people to lash out when addressing something they don’t like. However, it takes a considerable amount of self-restraint to control what we say, especially when confronting something we don’t like. This week’s devotional has reminded us that we have a voice even among those who may be hard of hearing due to their...

Okay with Waiting—Day 3

By on May 20, 2020 in Okay with Waiting | 0 comments

Okay with Waiting—Day 3 Proverbs 25: 15  “By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, And a soft tongue breaks the bones.” I enjoy watching people, and I have learned a lot about others from watching and listening to them. Something I have observed from years of watching and studying people is; we often handle unyielding individuals or situations in a way that is most natural for us. Some of us fuss, some get angry, some become passive, and others silently harbor ill feelings. Our devotional passage today presents us with a ruler who has to be persuaded and he is compared to the difficulty of shattering bones. Let us think about that for a moment, what does this proverbial metaphor arouse within us. We are going to attempt to persuade the ruler who is not easily convinced. In Hebrew the word for ruler is, qâtsîyn, kaw-tseen, this is one who rules or commands; this person is understood as...

Okay with Waiting—Day 2

By on May 19, 2020 in Okay with Waiting | 0 comments

Okay with Waiting—Day 2 Proverbs 25: 15 “By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, And a soft tongue breaks the bone.” Our devotional this week describes how important it is to be patient when dealing with a person in authority. It is in being patient with them whereby one gains influence with them. What an oxymoron. To gain influence with one in authority, be patient with them. That thought seems to go against the conventional wisdom that is prevalent in our world today. Nonetheless, as believers, in spite of how peculiar a biblical precept may seem we must still hang our hats on God’s Word. The scripture says, “By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded.” In Hebrew the word forbearance is, ôrek, o´-rek; it is a word that means length. The overall sense of the word is the linear extent in space from one end to the other, or in the common language patience. It is a big...

Okay with Waiting

By on May 18, 2020 in Okay with Waiting | 0 comments

Okay with Waiting Proverbs 25: 15 “By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue breaks the bone.” As we go through life, often we must deal with either people or situations that are not easily moved. When dealing with stubborn things, if we are not careful, we become overwhelmed and fail to behave properly. When others don’t respond the way we want them to, we become frustrated, agitated, and perhaps angry. It seems the more powerful a person is, the more urgently we feel the need to influence them or the situation. How do we change the hearts, minds, or course of those who have higher status than we do? How do we behave when we have little influence? How do we react when the thing we are attempting to change has great authority? Do we trust God and biblical precepts, or do we accept the situation as unchangeable and live with bitterness? This...