• Bishop Keith Butler

Laugh While You Wait

Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness. (Colossians 1:11)

Let’s talk about everybody’s favorite word: patience. Of course, I’m being facetious. I always joke around that patience is a Christian cuss word. Nobody wants to talk about patience. Christians want to talk about suddenly and immediately, not patience, because many Christians don’t have a mature understanding of how patience benefits your life.

Paul told the Colossian church that God had given them a supernatural strength according to his glorious power. That doesn’t mean God just upgraded your strength; it’s well beyond that. The strength that God gave you isn’t measurable by human standards because it is according to His glorious power. You have God-powered strength.

What is this God-powered strength for? Paul continued writing, saying it was to all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.

God has endued you with strength to patiently wait for what you are believing to come to pass with endurance, consistency, and joy. This isn't the type of endurance that merely grins and bears it. It is endurance that has joy while it waits.

The strength of God is upon you to keep a smile on your face, to laugh and be cheerful even in the midst of difficulties. Go ahead and show that you are an empowered person of faith by laughing and smiling while you wait for the manifestation of God’s promises.

Practical Application – When you are tempted to worry, laugh by faith. Decide to use the strength God gave you to have patience with joy.

James 1:3; Luke 8:15



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