Today’s Scripture: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, IIĀ CorinthiansĀ 6:4

“Goodness, could you go any slower? I’m already late,” said Amy as she drove down the old, country road. In front of her was a huge tractor. Amy frantically looked at her watch. “Lord, why on earth did I have to end up behind this thing?”

As the tractor turned onto the opposite fork in the road, Amy breathed a sigh of relief and turned on the radio. The radio announcer said there had just been a car accident-on the exact road she would have been traveling had she not been stuck behind the tractor.

Often we cannot see why God allows certain things into our lives until after the fact. We must exhibit patience even when we are worried or frustrated. How can we do this?

We can find patience by personally applying the realization that God is in control of every second of our lives. When we take the time to seek Him in prayer, we will have the ability to deal with situations in a calm and effective manner.

Are you becoming impatient? You may be stressed about your job or experienced a strained relationship with a friend. Perhaps you’re tired of waiting for an answer to a specific prayer request. God knows your needs and the best way to meet them. When you trust Him, He will give you the patience you need when you are stuck behind one of life’s tractors.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder