Skip to comments.The Peace of Patience
Posted on 06/19/2011 11:07:47 AM PDT by Amerisrael
One of the most difficult aspects of Gods intervention is simply waiting for it to occur. Over and over Ive found myself in situations where I desperately needed to see a change. But over and over Gods timetable for that change has been different from mine. In fact, most of the time I wanted the answer much sooner than it came.
When Paula and I married we were 19-year-old college students and financially broke. I knew the Lord wanted to help us make it, but waiting, watching and worrying about our finances was the pits. Filling out job applications and waiting to see if an opportunity would be given was hard without any money in the bank.
Over the years the same principle has been repeated over and over again in our lives in many different situations. On a number of occasions the wait was to see how God would work out a relationship conflict. Other waiting involved the complete healing needed from a sickness or injury. A reoccurring wait was for direction when making a difficult decision. I knew the Lord wanted to direct my footsteps, but it was awful being forced to wait until the direction to step was made clear.
Patience is a beautiful Christian trait, but its the waiting for it that makes you want to scream. One of the Scriptures that have helped me with this challenge of waiting is Hebrews 6:12: Imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises (NKJV). Faith convinces us that God will fulfill His promises. Patience is the time we wait until the promise becomes a reality. Through faith and patience we receive the promise.
Faith without patience will result in giving up on God. Without patience the wait nullifies the promise. Due to the long wait, without patience, we deceive ourselves into thinking God cant or God wont. Faith becomes invalid without patience. There would be no need for faith if what we were seeking appeared the moment we asked for it. Remember, faith is something you hope for even though you dont see it. Romans 8:24 tells us that hope that is seen is not hope. You cant hope for something you have.
Patience underscores faith. Patience convinces us that God will come to our aid and fulfill every promise on His divine timeline. Patience persuades us to believe God can and God will. Patience understands the timing may not be that preferred schedule, but God is still in control. I may prefer His answer to be yesterday, but patience with its relentless persuasion assures me of His faithfulness as I simply wait.
Thanks for that post. One of my most terrible qualities is impatience.
You have given me food for thought and will implement it into my life. =)
Lord, give me patience AND GIVE IT TO ME NOW