The Wisdom of Patience - Your Daily Forward Devotional

The Wisdom of Patience


December 2


Read Proverbs 14:29

Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.



Have you ever reacted too quickly in anger? Did it help the issue or make it worse?


I wish I could claim that my temper had never gotten the best of me. But it has. The worst is when I lose my temper before I completely understand the situation and find out that my anger wasn’t even warranted. I have lost my cool before I knew all the facts, and when I do that, I almost always end up looking stupid. It is folly.


The dictionary defines “folly” as “a lack of good sense; foolishness.” It defines “exalts” as “holding someone or something in very high regard.” So to paraphrase the proverb, when we act without patience, and we are quick to anger, we are holding foolishness in high regard. Yikes. Glorifying stupidity is probably not our intention, but that is what usually happens when we are hasty with our anger.


In contrast, when we are patient, we demonstrate understanding and wisdom. Being patient before we blow up has many benefits. First, it gives us the opportunity to calm down before we act. I have found that if I wait to respond to a situation, I am upset about until I am calm, the outcome of the situation is greatly improved. Sometimes I discover that I was overreacting, and I realize I had no business being mad in the first place. Other times, I find out that my anger was justified. In those instances, being slow to respond to my anger provides me the time I need to address the issue calmly and with respect. It allows me to direct my anger towards addressing the problem and finding a solution. Then I am able to handle my anger in a way that treats a fellow image bearer with the respect they deserve even if I have to speak hard or uncomfortable truths.


Friends, the best reason for being patient and slow to anger is because it glorifies God when we are. He is the one repeatedly referred to in the Scriptures as “slow to anger.” He models this for us. Let’s look at His perfect example and ask Him to help us learn from His ways.



Father, thank You for Your patience with me. Help me to learn how to be slow to anger from Your example. Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford



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Thank God I am doing much better in this area. Amen
Man's anger does not bring about the righteousness of God. If only we (I!) would remember this before reacting instead of after.
Thank you Pastor Nat! Blessings J
Anger is a hare trigger reaction to stress, frustration and difficult situations. Anger is usually a secondary reaction. It never solves anything. Words spoken in anger are words one can never take back. We put our kids in “ time-out”. We adults best take a “time out” As well. Doing so saves a relationship and honors God.
I am guilty of being hot headed in times past. Lord Jesus, please help me to be slow to anger and plenteous in mercy as You are.
Being slow to anger glorifies God, He models this for us. Let's look at His perfect example and ask Him to help us learn from His ways. Please give me understanding, and rescue me from my former way of life in Jesus name.
thanks for giving clear direction on our behavior. Sometimes I don't think howcit make affect God when I fly off the handle. Will be more aware of this.
If only I would be a true Christian 24/7!
This help me to understand what the Bible says.
Are have asked God for patience and this devotion have helped me thank you all amen
Thank you Lord for the wisdom and understanding of your words. Knowing that a soft answer turneth away wrath but grievous word stir up anger. Thank you for your anointing people who take the time out to share your word daily to us. I ask you keep, protect and bless them always. Help me to be more patience in all that I do and say in Jesus name. Amen.
Lord, I am known to respond like a knee jerk reaction to most, if not all situations. Lord I am trying but I need You to help me with this. Allow me to follow in Your perfect example and not respond or react to situations with a quick response. Lord, with You on my side I am able to do this and follow Your example and will. Thank You Lord, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Ich denke, wir alle kämpfen mit Wut. Wir sollten wie David und Paul sein, die ihre Augen auf Gott und seine Wahrheit gerichtet haben, um uns zu veranlassen, gut zu reagieren.
It's so hard to know that not only will we experience persecution and difficulties from the outside, but the inside as well! Those are the ones that sting the most. But never forget Jesus' words: "God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs" (Matt. 5:10).
How timely....I lost my temper with my family yesterday right after finishing worshiping the about foolish...and the enemy and my flesh tried to stick the pitch fork in me all day...the accuser of the brethren...but God! After confessing my sin to our Lord and my family the Lord had someone reach out to me out of the clear blue I have never heard of before on an unrelated issue. I heard in my heart to call them and they may know someone in the worship music industry that may help get out the music the Lord has provided me. My heart is not to bury my talons, but to share the music the Lord has provided me. Please pray that I can do that and would love to send anyone here a link to some of the music and word attachments. If so let me know at Blessings & Love J
This was definitely what I needed to hear today. I have been quick to anger lately with my kids and it has not led to good outcomes. These words are what my heart needed.
 James 1:19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Oh, the regret when I have not put those principles to practice!
Amen🙏 ! Thank you Pastor Nat, it's "one" of my struggles! Lord, I commit my "anger issues" to You today, and ask for Your help and empowerment to be slow to anger, and to think before I speak. Amen.
Thank you
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Just did a fruit if the spirit series bible study and the last one was Temperance I noticed that anger was one of my traits and I vowed to change this about myself. But it seems since Sunday after I promised this to my self everything and everyone has tested me one way or another. I have kept my word about not speaking in anger. But It is a challenge. I Thank God For walking with me on this journey
Patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit Galatians 5:22. When put into practice it indeed becomes a virtue. Thank you Pastor.
Thank God for giving us another beautiful day and thank you pastor Nat for the devotion
Wut nur wenn es um die Ärmsten der Ärmsten geht. Kinder, Behinderte. alte Menschen u. Tiere. was die Politik im Moment praktiziert. Um Gottes Eingreifen bitten.