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The Wisdom of Patience

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The end of a matter is better than its beginning;
Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.  (Ecc 7:8)

I could not help but reflect on that Bible verse when the news came out that the largest US health insurer is pulling out of Obamacare.  Obamacare is all but dead.  Says the Wall Street Journal; piece just linked, “Observe, too, that Democrats are already preparing for a post-ObamaCare world,…”  Obamacare is as bad as we all thought it was.

Few things rankle me more than to hear Chief Justice Roberts excoriated for being the deciding vote that upheld Obamacare, because at this juncture he sure is looking awfully smart to me.  Had the court overturned Obamacare it would have been another case that became a rallying cry for further politicizing the court as Roe v Wade is for us and Citizens United is for the other side of the aisle.  The Roberts decision has allowed Obamacare to die a natural death, and much faster than most had imagined.  It will barely survive the Obama presidency.

The natural death of Obamacare moves the future fight on what to do about its death to good ground for us.  Had the court killed Obamacare, the fight would have been over the court and its power.  Obamacare would have died a martyrs death.  Now the fight will be against a Democrat proposed single-payer scheme of some sort. Provided we can come up with a reasonable counter proposal, that should be easy to defeat.

Patience is a winner.

I am struck by how often the New Testament counsels the believer to patience. (e.g. 2 Cor 6:1-10, Gal 5:22-23, Col 1:9-12, Heb 6:9-12)  Consider where the New Testament church found itself.  A new, minority faith under severe persecution from local religious officialdom and the greater state.  A faith, based on the promises of its founder to create a new kingdom, longing for that kingdom but experiencing almost entirely destruction.  Patience would be both hard to come by and in serious demand.

Despite all that, patience was found and Christianity is still here, thriving despite its currently difficulties.  Patience continues to win.

Our sin has created massive turmoil throughout history, but God created this world to be good.  Try as we might to mess it up, good will eventually prevail because God made the world to be good.  Our sin, powerful as it is in our lives will not ultimately overcome the goodness God built into the world.  If I have faith in the goodness of God, then patience should not be hard to come by.

I look around and I see so much turmoil, so much darkness.  I want to thrash out and destroy the evil, lay waste the the wrong and help God establish the promised kingdom.  But God counsels me to be patient and rely on His goodness.  My real struggle is not with the darkness, but my own impatience.  God’s got the darkness well in hand.

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