Immanuel | Devotion #6: Patience
Michael Fox | Creative Director
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel.” Matthew 1:23
One of the names of God in the Bible is Immanuel, which means God with Us. This month, we are talking about expecting. The ultimate expectation as a Christian is we expect Him to come back to fulfill His promises. When will He come back? That is a normal question for us to ask, as it is hard for us to comprehend fully how God works. That can take patience.
Now that I am grown and have a child of my own, I sometimes reflect on the patience my parents must have had raising me. Having patience going through trials with your children, or teaching them to have patience in situations, is a difficult task. The reward, though, when you witness your child fight through waiting and be patient for something is great. The Bible speaks about waiting on the Lord in a lot of places, and suggests that it is a good thing.
Psalm 37:9 says, “For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.” Psalm 27:14 adds, “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
In an article by James S. Spiegel, he defines patience, “to endure discomfort without complaint.” He goes on to say, “This calls into play some other virtues, specifically, self-control, humility, and generosity.” The Bible also talks about patience as a part of the Fruit of the Spirit: Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
This got me thinking about what God might want to teach us through these times of patience and waiting on the Lord. Reflecting back at the name of God, Immanuel, shouts that God is with us. He does promise that He will be with us at all times, through all our trials, even when we do not want to be patient. He calls us to lean on and trust Him.