Be Patient [Romans 8:18 Devotional]

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How to Be Patient [Romans 8:18 Daily Devotional]

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

Romans 8:18

Paul, the author of this letter, is writing to his church in Rome who appear to be suffering. Paul knows a thing or two about suffering, so it makes sense that he would be able to write this passage. He knows that, even though we suffer now, there’s something greater than all that suffering waiting for us. It takes perseverance and patience, but we can have confidence knowing that the things that will be revealed in us will make what we’re suffering through now seem insignificant.

How to Be Patient

The key here is perseverance. You can’t expect the glory without the grind. Since you now know that God is preparing nothing but glory for you, it’s time to trust him to bring that to fruition. But how can you remain patient?

The first thing you can do is pray for patience. Although it’s difficult to have patience in hard times, the Lord provides patience to those who ask.

You’ll also need to practice patience. Just asking for it isn’t enough unless you’re practicing it, too. Honestly, God will answer your “I want more patience prayer” with opportunities to exercise patience. You won’t just magically become more patient. No, it’s going to take time!

The last thing you can do is reflect on the future that God has for you. You don’t know what it is, but if Paul is to be believed, you know it’s going to exceed your wildest imagination.

Prayer

Father, thank you for the ability to become patient. Help me to develop the patience I need to work through all the stuff I’m going through right now. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.

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