We start the month with e Bible. No, that wasn’t a typo. ink about it, in some ways the entire Bible is a lesson in patience. Not because it takes so long to read from cover
to cover, but because often people are seen waiting . . . for God to speak, for the rescuer to arrive. at’s why we kick o April with the Easter story and the story of the Bible that introduces us to Jesus—His life, death, and most importantly His resurrection. A tting way to celebrate that Jesus is alive!
Bottom Line: Jesus is alive! God sent Jesus to rescue us from the consequences of our sin. is week, we want to be sure that every child leaves knowing how much God loves them and made a way for them to have a relationship with Him forever.
For our rst week focused on patience, we look to 1 Samuel 1:6–2:1 where we discover the story of Hannah. She had waited years for a child. Rather than become frustrated and angry toward God, she prays and tells Him all about it. When God answers her prayer, she gives her son back to God. He honored her waiting and blessed her with even more children.
Bottom Line: When you think you can’t wait, talk to God about it. It’s important for us all to remember that talking
to God about waiting will help us stay patient through whatever circumstance we might face. He may not change our circumstance, but He’ll give the strength to keep waiting well.
ere’s an important patience principle King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 14:29. Anyone who is patient has great understanding. But anyone who gets angry quickly shows how foolish they are (NIrV). How we respond to waiting shows others our character. Getting frustrated and angry doesn’t make the wait any less; it
just makes us look foolish.
Bottom Line: When you think you can’t wait, keep your
cool. Sometimes when you’re waiting, becoming angry and frustrated with others is the rst thing that pops into our minds. But when it comes to waiting, often there’s very little we can do to make the wait any less. While you’re waiting, don’t make yourself look foolish by taking it out on the people around you.
In week four of April, we head to Exodus 32:1–35 where we nd the Israelites at the foot of Mount Sinai. Instead of obeying God and waiting for Moses to come down o the mountain, the entire nation of Israel grew impatient. ey built a golden calf and began to worship it instead of worshiping God. eir lack of patience had some severe consequences.
Bottom Line: When you think you can’t wait, think about what’s true. It’s easier to wait when you remember all the times God has helped you before. You can trust Him, knowing that He’ll help you wait.
We’ll nish out the month with one of the best examples of what happens when you’re not patient; you lose something of value. In Genesis 25:24-34, we discover the story of Esau sacri cing his birthright for a bowl of stew. Because Esau was impatient, he lost something he could never get back.
Bottom Line: When you think you can’t wait, think twice. Don’t let your lack of patience cause you to make a decision you’ll regret. ink twice about what really matters. Ask God to help you wait patiently for what matters most.