by Stan Coffey

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The Season of Waiting (6 of 7)
Series: The Seasons of Life
Stan Coffey
Proverbs 16:32

Today we're going to talk about patience, the need for patience. We're going to talk about The Season of Waiting, when you are on hold and sometimes you feel like God has put you on hold. And so today we'll look at several passages in God's word that deal with the season of waiting. Maybe you're waiting on God to answer a prayer, or maybe this past week you've been waiting on someone else to do a certain thing, to respond in a certain way. All of us know what it's like to wait. And that's why the Bible has so much to say about patience. For the season of waiting, we need patience. Look at Proverbs 16:32: ''Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.'' Then look at Proverbs 19:2: ''It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.'' The Bible is just chock-full of verses telling us to be patient. And as we look at life, we see so many instances where we are compelled to wait. And it's one of the most difficult things that we can learn to do. I want us to look at two things about the season of waiting. First of all, we're going to look at occasions that test patience, and then we're going to look at opportunities that teach patience.

First, let's look at some occasions that test our patience, I mean, you know, just in daily life. And the first one is interruptions. Interruptions test our patience. Do you like to be interrupted? When you're having a mean at home, and you've finally got everybody at the table, and the phone rings and interrupts the meal - has that ever happened to you? Have you ever been in the shower, and the doorbell rings, and it's a salesman calling without an appointment? Do you know what it is to be interrupted? Have you ever been on a deadline, and you're very busy preparing a report or preparing a presentation of some kind that has to be finished, and unexpected company d ...

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