How to Be More Patient


We are by nature an impatient people. In this lab, John Piper explains how to put impatience to death by believing God’s promise that his purpose in changing our plan is wise and good.

Some questions to ask as you read and study:

  1. What normally causes you to become impatient? How do you tend to fight your annoyance?
  2. Watch the lab. How does Joseph’s life illustrate what Spirit-empowered patience looks like?
  3. Have you recently lost your temper with someone? Take time to apologize to them this week, and then find some specific biblical promises that will help you fight when temptation comes again.

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Principle for Bible Reading

Questions for Old Testament Reading

Often we read the Old Testament thinking much of it doesn’t really apply to us today. We reason that God interacts differently with his people before Christ than he deals with us after the cross and resurrection. By doing this, we often skip over Old Testament insight that would enrich our knowledge of ourselves, God, and the gospel.

The discipline to meditate on Old Testament passages in light of Christ and the New Testament is vital. The following contains questions to begin your reflection:

  • Do the themes or principles that I identify in the Old Testament passage or narrative apply today? And if not, why not?
  • What can I learn about God from this passage? Do I see these attributes in Jesus’s life?
  • How does this section contribute to the overall story about Jesus?