Time and Patience

Time and Patience

Fabre, the greatest naturalist who ever lived, began the main part of his work at sixty; he was able to give all his time to it when he was seventy; and he was discovered by fame at the age of ninety. He had done all of his work without a laboratory; all of his insects had been raised in old flower pots and sardine cans. He always referred to his two best instruments as "time" and "patience."

God tells us that He uses these two things in developing our spiritual lives. How many times we are told to wait upon the Lord! The flesh does not want to take time, but God does, for He is dealing with eternity. And, too, patience is to have her perfect work.

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that sufferings produce endurance, and endurance produces character...( Romans 5:3,4a).

1. What is the difference between patience and endurance?
2.  What keeps you from enduring until character is produced?
3.  Read Romans 5:1­11.  How does “patience and time” and God’s love fit together?

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