Today, the campers learned about Patience.
Twinnis mentioned a couple points that can teach us to be more patient as we look at the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
He began by saying that God is not holding out on you. He then read Exodus 32: 1-7, which is the story of the Israelites and the Golden Calf.
In this story, we see that impatience leads to disobedience. The world gratifies our impatience. The world says, “Your happiness is of the upmost importance.” However, turning to a broken world, with broken people cannot fix your brokenness. We are so quick to think that God has abandoned us when things don’t go our way. But, the human heart is a factory of idols – if we take away one thing from God, we are no longer worshipping Him.
Secondly, we see that God himself is patient. Exodus 32: 7-14 is where we see patience originate. God doesn’t owe us patience. He chose to be patient in His own sovereign grace for His own glory. And patience is not something he learns, He IS patience.
God’s patience is an expression of His love. He is completely just to pour out His wrath on us, but He doesn’t. Despite our sinfulness, God still put all sins on His shoulders. And this calls us to look at the cross. Jesus was patient with God in the garden and on the cross. And he’s never left his people.
Finally, the goal is not to pursue patience, but to pursue God. The future hope of being in heaven outweighs everything – therefore, we can be patient.
God is not finished with you.