waiting requires patience

“Waiting requires patience – a willingness calmly to accept what we have or have not, where we are or where we wish we were, whomever we live or work with.

“To want what we don’t have is impatience, for one thing, and it is to mistrust God.  Is He not in complete control of all circumstances, events, and conditions?  If some are beyond His control, He is not God.

“…If I am willing to be still in my Master’s hand, can I not then be still in everything?  He’s got the whole world in His hands!  Never mind whether things come from God Himself or from people – everything comes by His ordination or permission.  If I mean to be obedient and submissive to the Lord because He is my Lord, I must not forget that whatever He allows to happen becomes, for me, His will at that moment. Perhaps it is someone else’s sinful action, but if God allows it to affect me, He wills it for my learning.  The need to wait is, for me, a form of chastening.  God has to calm me down, make me shut up and look to Him for the outcome.” -p. 135, “Keep a Quiet Heart”, Elisabeth Elliot

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