Text: 1 Samuel 25:32-38
“The end of a thing is better than its beginning; The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” Ecclesiastes 7:8
A Dutch proverb says, “Wisdom in the man, patience in the wife, brings peace to the house, and a happy life.” Patience is a common virtue in long standing and fruitful relationships
“Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.”
Proverbs 16:32 NLT
An impatient wife will eventually destroy all past wins and bring ruins to her family.
From our text today, even after Abigail had succeeded in
turning David away from the ruin determined against her family, she still would have wasted that victory if she was impatient. Having seen the destruction that was meant for her family, an impatient wife would have returned home to blowup on her husband for acting so foolishly. But not so with Abigail. “When Abigail arrived home, she found that Nabal was throwing a big party and was celebrating like a king. He was very drunk, so she didn’t tell him anything about her meeting with David until dawn the next day.” (1 Sam 25:36 NLT). I have seen many women who wasted all wins in their relationship through impatience. The end which should have been better than the beginning became worse (Ecc 7:8). Impatience makes you pour out all your anger, use harsh words, speak faster than you hear, act before confirming an allegation and to expect fruit from seed planted today.
Impatience has also made some wives to derail their husbands from the path of destiny and at the edge of their reward. Such would have been the end of Job if he hadn’t acted with wisdom. Considering his hardships, his wife asked him to damn the consequences and sin against God (Job 2:9 NLT). Do you encourage your spouse to throw away integrity, loyalty, faithfulness and holiness due to his health, financial, business or job challenge? The end of Job proved that patience guarantees an enviable end (Job 42:12-16).
Dear mothers, may your sacrifices for your spouse and family not be a waste and may you not lose the coming joy through impatience in Jesus’ name. Happy Mother’s Day.
1. Father, please, make all our mothers to be more patient so that all their sacrifices over the family won’t be a waste in Jesus’ name.
2. Father, please, do not let our mothers mislead their spouses and family through impatience in Jesus’ name.
1. Through patience, I receive reward for my sacrifices over my family.
2. I don’t lose my patience because impatience causes wise people to do foolish things.