Be sure to click on the buttons below (in the article) when you come to them.

If you are reading this, you know about “clicks” to open windows to the web.  Usually they open instantly when you click on the button or link, though the window contents might be slower to load.  These windows are actually “doors” to more information and/or sometimes lead to even another window.


We have become accustomed to “quick-clicks” that lead us to another room which may have many other doors leading to yet another window.  Of course this is not a bad thing in itself, but our technological world has made us expect the same thing from God Himself.  We want instant answers to prayers and petitions to Him, based on our understanding and desires.  We want to “click” on God’s button and get just what we are asking for and we want it instantly.  By now you, like I, have learned that we don’t “push God’s buttons” for a quick-fix or place our order ‘online’ and expect Him to rush it right out.

"The Faith of Christ offers no button to push for quick service...and that is too much for the man in a hurry.  He just gives up and becomes interested in something else." --A.W. Tozer

“But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it” (Romans 8:25).

Patience?  In this “hurry-up” world that makes so many demands and expects instant action from us, how can we possible ask it to be patient with us?  Especially when we, ourselves, don’t possess the patience with those we have expectations of instant response from.


You’ve heard, ‘What the world needs now is love,’ and that has great merit; but what it needs is a love that contains other attributes.  One of the uppermost characteristics seems to be “peace.”  Where can we go to find peace?  Where is the button to click to enter the door of peace?  We are in a period of “wars and rumors of wars.”  War between nations, war between families and family members, war between neighbors, political wars, moral wars; war, war everywhere we turn.  We even war within ourselves.


“From whence come wars and fightings among you?  Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members” (James 4:1).

Oh, that we had a button to click to end all wars and find the door to peace!  Alas, I am a bearer of bad news!  Until Jesus comes, war will continue as He said; and it will just get worse.  The only real peace we will have on this earth is what we find in Jesus; and the peace we have in Him is not dependent upon a peaceful environment here on earth.  No, in fact, it will be in spite of un-peaceful conditions around us.


“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).


The question is, “How can we have this “peace that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) in the midst of war all around us?  Is there a quick-click button that opens a window that leads to peace?  Peter said we needed to avoid evil and ‘seek' peace and pursue it (1 Peter 3:11).  Pursue in this verse means to “press toward.”  Press, you know--put pressure on ourselves to seek it until we have found it.  There is no quick-click; it requires diligence on our part.


Peace requires personal adjustment of our will conformed to the will of God.  We will never have peace until we are situated in the will of God.  We will always be at war with ourselves until we have made that adjustment.  (click on button below)



Without the patience that we must allow to be worked in us, we will give up and give in to the devil’s attempts to discourage us.  The devil has an agenda, but time is on God’s side; and the devil is always in a hurry because he knows his time is short.  When we feel pressured to hurry, rush into a decision or respond without thinking about it, it is from the devil.  When God speaks, it is with gentleness and a loving and wooing spirit.  Satan doesn’t want you to consider the consequence of your actions; just do it and do it NOW!  He knows if you delay, it will give you a chance to allow the Holy Spirit to “let patience have her perfect work”; and God will receive the glory of the favorable ensuing results.


Our quick-click is to instantly reflect toward God at every turn.  As soon as Satan urges us to find a quick-fix, we are to enter the door of patience and allow God to speak peace.


Impatience wants instant success.  That is what cultivates thieves and robbers.  They want what you have, but they don’t want to wait until they can work it out; they want it now.  That’s also the ingredient for dishonest politicians and other leaders who are supposed to be our servants and moral guides.  They don’t have the patience to earn the right to be revered, promoted and respected; their greed pushes them toward self-made success by any means.  Thank God for those who hear and heed God's gentle voice to guide them to success in their endeavors to be godly leaders!  Satan is a master deceiver and pushes whomever he can to destroy their lives as well as those involved with them in a wide ripple effect.  He is a “pusher.”

If Hannah had not had patience and waited for the promised son, the world would never have known Samuel.  If Abraham had not believed God and waited for the promise even in his old age, we would not know Isaac from whom came Jacob, the father of Israel.  (click on button below)



Jesus told His disciples to “watch and wait.”  He knew that temptation would come their way and they would be weary, but He also knew if they pursued the peace that He was leaving them, their hope would not fade.  Their hope was not mere wishful thinking, but was filled with expectation.  They would persevere through many trials and tests, even death itself.  Their hope was in the everlasting peace that Jesus had promised was prepared for them.  They worshipped and praised God even when they were persecuted.

When our hope is in the Lord, we have contentment.  I don't say that lightly.  How many people do you know who are content with their lives?  There is an unsettling discontent when we don't have the peace of God.  We aren't even sure why we are not content, and keep looking for some else to satisfy the longing for contentment, which often leads to excess as we try one thing after another.

"But godliness with contentment is great gain" (1 Timothy 6:6)

Hope with joyful anticipation is the underlying support of contentment.  The only place we can have this kind of contented hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ.

"Praise ye the Lord.  Praise ye the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights" (Psalm 148:1).

The disciples kept the hinges on the door to peace well lubricated with worship.  They praised God when things were going well and the gospel received; they praised Him when they were beaten for preaching about Jesus.  They had contentment based on hope.

"Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord, Praise ye the Lord" (Psalm 150:6).

"Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord" (Psalm 31:24).  (click on button below)



Is the door of peace hard for you to open?  Are the hinges squeaky?  Peace can’t be found in a bottle, a joint, a promiscuous lifestyle or even a good moral life (without Christ), or anything else outside the will of God.  The most miserable place in the world to live is knowing God’s will and not walking in it.  Obedience is the most peaceful city you can live in.  It doesn’t matter what your neighbors are doing; you don’t know what God wants of them; He just wants you to follow His plan.  He will take care of your neighbors’ responsibilities.  The plan He has is to bless you!  Just follow the Plan.  Praise and worship will enable the door to be opened with ease and you can enter into that aura of His presence where peace and contentment can be found.

Peace, Love, Joy, and other fruit of the Spirit await those who aren’t looking for a button for a quick-fix; but these will be available to everyone who will enter into the life God has planned for them and who patiently wait for God to lead them on to maturity in peace that will last throughout eternity.  The peace that God gives is everlasting, because we will be in His presence forever.

That is the "blessed hope" of the Christian: Contentment here in the midst of a troubled world with our eyes on the peace that comes from knowing the "Prince of Peace" who has left us with the assurance that our hope is valid and not in vain.  We rest in the knowledge that He is coming back for those who have found that peaceful place of obedience.

"That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life" (Titus 3:7).

"Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13).  (click on button below)



Elizabeth Elliott knows about peace.  Her missionary husband, Jim, was killed by Ecuadorian Indians; yet she writes:  “Our heavenly Father wants nothing but the best for any of us, and only He knows what that is, for He is all-wise, the Omniscient.”


He knows!  He knows how to give us peace in a world of chaos.  He knows how to help us develop the patience we need to live in peace.  Let Him push your buttons to patience, peace and contentment, to perform His will and fulfill His good plans for your life!






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Personal Adjustment

"Knowing this that the trying of your faith worketh patience" (James 1:3).

"But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing" (James 1:4),

"...tribulaton worketh patience; And patience, experience, and experience, hope" (Romans 5:3, 4).

(From 'Quotable Quotes'): "Peace is the deliberate adjustment of my life to the will of God."

The perfect work of patience will adjust our attitude to allow God to work out His will in our lives.  It requires our obedience as patience is perfected in us.


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"For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise" (1 Timothy 6:11)

"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success" (James 1:8).

Success comes from knowing and doing the will of God, based on what He has said in His Word.  Our success is not to be compared to what the world calls success, but is a product of peaceful patience waiting on God.


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"Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church and I will sing praise unto thee" (Hebrew 2:12).

"By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name" (Hebrew 13:15).

"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope" (Romans 15:4).

Our hope is not wishful thinking, not knowing if our wishes will come true or not; but it is with joyful expectation knowing that God is faithful to fulfill all His promises!

   "Hope is such a marvelous thing.  It bends, it twists, it sometimes hides, but rarely does it break.  It sustains us when nothing else can.  It gives us reason to continue and courage to move ahead, when we tell ourselves we'd rather give in."

......Author unknown to me.

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"But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it" (Romans 8:25).

" For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).

"He that overcometh shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be my son [daughter]" (Revelation 21:7).

"And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God" (Revelation 21:2, 3).

John went  on to tell us that God will also wipe away all tears (sadness) from our eyes, death has been destroyed and pain will be no more.

Whatever it takes, let us not miss the results and benefits of patiently waiting for God to bring us to maturity to serve His purpose.

No effort is too great to win this prize!

"His lord said unto him, 'Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things:

Enter ye into the joy of thy lord" (Matthew 25:21)

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