Whoever said you can’t teach patience? In The Wall Street Journal’s article, “Why French Parents Are Superior,” Pamela Druckerman contrasted American parenting methods with the methods employed by French parents to raise their children. She wondered why the French children she observed with their parents in restaurants, at the playground, and at their homes were so quiet and well-behaved, while her own children were rowdy and threw temper tantrums.
Pamela discovered that French parents teach their children how to delay gratification — the kids have to learn how to wait. When the children are babies, their parents will not rush to their bedsides when they start crying in the middle of the night. Instead, they cry themselves back to sleep. This method might sound cold and heartless, but it works — the babies are generally able to sleep through the night from the time they are between 2 and 3 months old. Think of all the sleepless nights you might have avoided had you tried this with your kids.
When God wants to teach His children patience, delayed gratification is one of His most effective means. Sometimes rather than granting us the desire of our hearts immediately, He sees fit to make us wait. Painful as this teaching method may seem, it teaches us to be still and quiet like well-mannered children, keeping our eyes on God. Thus we learn to find contentment and satisfaction in our relationship with Christ, and nothing else.
Waiting on God is never easy at the beginning. Perhaps you are waiting for an opening in the job market. You have searched for months, but have been unable to find employment. Remember Who you are waiting upon — the God Who knows and is in complete control of your situation — and then get some rest. He will reward your patience.
He who waits on God never waits too long. — Chuck Wagner
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.