The patient soul


Richard Mansel, managing editor

Our world is saturated with stress thanks to advancing technologies and the time-obsession of everything in our society. We are all so busy in this world full of noise.

Time flies by, problems mount and we struggle to maintain our faith as the world grows increasingly mean and violent. Meanwhile, Satan is whispering in our ear that God no longer cares about us.

When we were young, we were told that Jesus might return any day. Yet, many years later, nothing has happened and we grow cynical (2 Peter 3:3-7). How can we prevent doubt from destroying our faith?

James tells us that we can indeed trust God’s Word (James 5:7-11). God takes care of his people and always has (Matthew 6:25-34; Psalm 37:15).

The Holy Spirit stakes God’s reputation on the certainty of the afterlife.

“…in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began” (Titus 1:2).

God has helped mankind through troubles since the beginning of time. There isn’t anything that God has not seen already. Nothing can astound him any longer. He can handle our lives.

We must remember that patience requires humility and compliance to God’s will. Entitlement is a mortal enemy of patience. As long as we demand immediate answers from God, we will continue to be met with silence.

We cannot make demands of God. The Lord is managing an entire universe and millions of pieces on the board. We just have to trust that which we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1).

His work and methods are beyond our comprehension and just have to see that God is good and faithful.

The second coming is certain (John 14:1-6; 1 Peter 4:12-16; 2 Peter 3:10-14). We just have to trust God enough to remain faithful and allow him to lead us.

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  1. Excellent article, Richard. I went from Psa. 10 to this article, and your words mesh wonderfully with the thoughts of the psalmist. I think of v. 14: “But you [God] do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief, that you may take it into your hands;…” So thanks for this good counsel.

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