Paul and Silas were in prison because they healed a woman from a spirit of divination so her master couldn’t make money by her. They weren’t in the prison saying “woe is me” but they were singing praises to God (Acts 16:16-25).

James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

We need to learn to count it all joy when we fall into temptations because hard trials are how we learn patience. Our faith is being tried to work or to exercise our patience. Hard trials are the only way we learn to have more patience. Impatience isn’t a quality God wants us to have. Impatience: Annoyance, irritation, anxiety, restlessness, not having faith or being willing to wait on God. We need to be willing to have patience like Jesus.

Matthew 4:1-3 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

When Jesus was hungry, the devil brought the temptation to do something to satisfy his desire to eat. The patience of Jesus was willing to wait for God to supply the need for him. Jesus was living by faith in what God said and God’s way out. Impatience will cause you to act instead of waiting. The angels came and ministered to what Jesus needed.

Matthew 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Esau sold his inheritance – his birthright didn’t mean anything to him. We need to respect and care so much about our spiritual birthright of salvation that we wouldn’t sell it for anything. Some people give up salvation for the selfish things of the flesh.

Genesis 25:28-34…And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage…Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?…and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

If we don’t keep the grace of God in our heart, we’ll get bitter. When someone does something against us and we get bitter, we fail of grace of God. Esau was a profane (wicked, ungodly, disrespectful) person. He sold his birthright for one morsel.

Hebrews 12:14-16 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

After Esau sold his birthright, he took heathen wives so Rebekah and Isaac were grieved. If we look at what people have sold their soul for, it is for things that are like one morsel. These people weren’t getting what they wanted when they wanted it – they were impatient. God is in control and his time is not like our time. The Israelites were in Egypt 400 years before God delivered them because his time wasn’t fulfilled. If we put our hand to a situation and won’t wait on God, it’s because we lack of patience. Esau wanted a blessing but because he wouldn’t wait, he couldn’t find a place of repentance.

Hebrews 12:17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

The people saw when Moses went up the mountain and weren’t willing to wait.

Exodus 32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered…unto Aaron, and said…make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses…we wot not what is become of him.

Moses instructed the people to wait when he went up the mountain. They knew where he went and saw the glory of God on top of the mountain but they wouldn’t wait. They told Aaron to make them gods.

Exodus 24:12-18 And the Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them. And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God. And he said unto the elders, Tarry ye here for us, until we come again…Aaron and Hur are with you: if any man have any matters to do, let him come unto them. And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount. And the glory of the Lord abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud. And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel. And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.

When people get impatient, they get anxious and want to do something. When the Israelites left Egypt the Egyptians had given them gold. It was that gold they used for the golden calf. Their thinking was way off because they now said the golden calf they worshipped had brought them out of Egypt. They weren’t thankful for what God had done. When people get impatient, their actions will be all about them and what they want. They’ll get impatient and unthankful. Moses loved and was concerned for the people, and his prayer for them was important. Our prayers for people are important. Impatience will make us think there’s no use praying and no hope for people. Don’t get weary in well doing and praying.

Exodus 32:7-14 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And the Lord said…I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. And Moses besought the Lord…Lord, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand? Wherefore should the Egyptians…say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest…unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land…give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever. And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do…

When Paul was prisoner on a ship to Rome, the ship hit rough seas and the guard didn’t listen to Paul when he said they should wait a while in Fair Havens before going farther. Trying to get information from the wrong sources will not get you the right answer. They consulted together but the majority isn’t always right. They went ahead into a hurricane.

Acts 27:8-14 And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The fair havens…Now when much time was spent …sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them, And said…Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage…also of our lives. Nevertheless the centurion believed the master …of the ship, more than…Paul. And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart …they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter…when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing…sailed close by Crete. But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.

Paul said to be of good cheer because the angel of God said no one would lose their life. Paul believed what God said.

Acts 27:21-25 But after long abstinence Paul…said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm…I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God…Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar…God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God…

The Israelites didn’t wait so God sent leanness into their souls. If God doesn’t answer when we pray, it means we need to wait.

Psalm 106:13-15…they waited not for his counsel…gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.


(Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Edith Tolbert)