Written by Kendra Clarke
Patience requires not only waiting but exhibiting peace during the process. It’s having the endurance to persevere under some difficult circumstances which will come to try your faith and test your resolve. You must,
“Count it all joy whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of our faith produces patience” (James 1:2-3).
Developing patience can be painful, but once perfected it can render awesome results within and around you. When you learn to be patient and wait in peace, you are able to let go of the metaphorical wheel and allow God to do the steering, recognizing that only He knows the speed bumps, traffic tie-ups, or roadblocks you will encounter on your journey. Only then can you buckle-up, relax, view the beautiful scenery and enjoy the ride to your final destination. Jeremiah 29:11 says that the,
“Lord knows the plans He has for you, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope”. While waiting patiently in peace on God, you are to pray for Philippians 4:6 states,
“You must not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God”. Romans 12:12 reiterates that you should,
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
Trusting in God’s Plan and Timing
Lacking patience and the inability to let go has great implications, because it reflects a lack of trust in the Heavenly Father. While God teaches you patience, not only are you to shut-up and wait, but you are to trust that He will come through for you in His time and in His own way. You must exercise faith while waiting for God’s best as doing your own thing can have dire consequences not only for you, but for those around you. This is because, when you act in your time, you do so based on emotion, your flesh, feelings and your sight essentially the equivalent of walking blindfolded in the dark. Conversely, when you act in God’s time, though you are not promised a path free of obstacles, He promises that if you stick with Him and close to Him, if you seek His will and submit to Him, He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:6). He will go before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6, 8). Those that wait on God will be rewarded in kind for Isaiah 40:31 reveals that,
“They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint”.
The Reward of Our Perseverance
In order to reap the benefits of waiting and to grow in your faith walk, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him” (Psalms 37:7). Furthermore, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” (Hebrews 10:36). Patience isn’t developed overnight. It is one of those lessons that can take years, and for some, a lifetime. You should pray and strive for patience daily in all that you do and say, in your relationships and in your interactions with others. It impacts every part of your life so the lack of it can have disastrous consequences whether it is in your families, relationships and marriages, careers, finances, health, etc. I am reminded of the following prayer written by Reinhold Niebuhr:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next. Amen
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