Proverbs 16:32 - Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.
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Almost anyone can tell you that patience is a virtue. Patience, however, is not a virtue that many people want in this crazy world we live in. This world does not honor or celebrate patience. It does honor those who show initiative and ambition, those who take things by force, those who get the job done when no one else will do it.
Now you may say that initiative, ambition, and getting things done can’t really be applied to having patience. But it does in this verse.
Not all ambition and initiative is holy. Not all forcefulness is productive. Drive fueled by the fire of bitterness and anger will ultimately get you no where.
We are no more convinced and compelled to get something done, than when we are driven by our need for acceptance, justice, and anger. If we were to put these two choices for a vote, in which were more able to advance and succeed in life - a patient person or a warrior - without a doubt, the warrior would win in a landslide.
Warriors are what we read about in novels, what we watch in movies, what we see in social media and politics. Patient people are generally the ones who leave the story on page 2.
According to God’s wisdom and plan, patient people are people who trust in His sovereignty and providence, and those who ultimately advance at a greater degree. Control your temper today. Be patient today and let God take control.