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Passionate Patience

Passionate Patience

30 August 2010

Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 4-7; Revelation 3

Scripture:

“Because you kept my Word in passionate patience, I’ll keep you safe in the time of testing that will be here soon, and all over the earth, every man, woman, and child put to the test.” (Revelation 3:10 MSG)

Reading John’s Revelation and Ezekiel’s prophecies at the same time is almost sensory overload! Ezekiel’s dramatic visions and practical demonstrations of his message are arresting. John’s Revelation is so rich in word-pictures that it’s like watching a Fourth of July fireworks display up really close. You can’t take it all in without turning your head to catch the latest image exploding before you.

Anyhow, today I picked out one jewel of thought from among many. It’s kind of like going into Ross’s Dress For Less and trying to pick out one shirt from among the rows and rows of items on display.

Passionate Patience. God’s truth is not always a stark black and white picture. Truth is not always “either – or.” Often truth is “both – and.” God blends two colors together to make a picture that’s more than one or the other. For instance, “passionate” sounds like zeal and enthusiasm and “let’s get on with it and let’s get this over with!” “Patience” sounds like waiting and enduring and “keeping on keeping on” and, well, patience!

Passionate Patience. Passion and patience are not mutually exclusive. One of the tests of growing as a Christ-follower is the ability to passionately pursue a purpose with zeal and enthusiasm and at the same time, to patiently hold the passion in check as I wait for God’s timing and release. Sounds paradoxical? Sounds like the normal Christian life!

Prayer:

Father, Please help me to see the truth-jewels you have for me as I read through Ezekiel and Revelation over the next three weeks or so. Help me to embrace again the truth of passionate patience today. Not really a new idea, is it? Today I purpose to be passionately patient. Or is it patiently passionate? The one thing I know is that it’s easier said than done. Amen.

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