Patiently Waiting

While seeing into the future was the only super power he had, and his vision was limited to only one minute, he was still quite handy to have around.

Revelation 13:1-18

Reference:  v.10b  This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. (NIV Bible)

Explore:  I was flicking through the stations on the TV the other day when I happened to see a show that featured a superhero that could see 60 seconds into the future.  While that was the only super power he had and his vision was limited to only one minute, he was still quite handy to have around. It was often helpful for people to know what was going to happen to them in one minute’s time.  The frustrating part for the people around him was that he would often hold back the information from them.  They would know that he knew something was going to happen in the next 60 seconds but he would wait until the last moment to tell them.  In the end it seemed to be more excruciating waiting for him to tell them what was going to happen in the next 60 seconds than it was for them to just experience the minute for themselves.

Application:  Sometimes I feel like this as well.  I know that God has things in store for my life but unfortunately I cannot predict the future – and I certainly cannot predict God – and so I wait, often fairly impatiently.  But one thing I have come to realise is that in all things we must wait patiently and believe that God will, and possibly already is, using us for His glory.  He doesn’t mean to frustrate us by not telling us specifically what is going to happen in the future.  Often it is best for us to not know.  And so we must hang on to our faith, believing that we are in God’s mighty hands.

Prayer:  Lord, give me patience so that I am truly putting my life in Your hands.  Amen.

If you had the choice, would you accept the ability to predict the future?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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