Patience

Oh I have plenty of patience-as long as everything’s going my way! There are a lot of jokes about patience, but when you’re the one forced to wait while you suffer or suffer while you wait-it’s no laughing matter. You can feel your pulse race and your frustration rise. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord; be good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.” 

You may be a person who walks with God, but you are not courageous enough, strong enough, on your own. God’s strength, however, is more than enough. Is there something God is asking you to be patient about right now? You have to live with “what is.” But remember, you have God’s promise for “what is to be.” Colossians 3:12 says you can either fret, worry, and pace, or you can put on a heart of patience. Which will it be for you during this time of waiting? 

Patience has never come easy for me either. Thankfully, God’s Word is faithful to come to the rescue. Jesus’ surefire method for patience was prayer. First Peter 2:23 says that Jesus kept entrusting Himself to God, who judges righteously. 

Allow God to soothe your pain as you do nothing. Let Him fill you with His patience as you endure the hurt. God calls us to be patient with others. 

How long can you wait? Well, make that period a little longer. How many times can you wait? Make it a few more times. Follow Jesus’ example. No one ever endured more than Jesus did, and He trusted God and God’s timing in all circumstances. 

Dear Heavenly Father, I need Your strength. I am impatient and worried as I wait for an answer, a solution, a hope. Lord, my patience wears thin so quickly these days. I pray you give me a faithful heart that waits on Your word to move forward, to be still, to keep praying. Today I will rest in Your good and gracious help and embrace Your promise of “what is to be.” I entrust my life and my daily walk to Your guidance. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

James 1:3-4 

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