“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
trusting patience published week of march 28, 2021
If honest, most people would say they have a need for more patience in their life, especially when it comes to certain people and specific situations. Patience is a characteristic that for the most part is deemed noble and good. If we are honest, many of us would have to admit that patience is a quality more admired than possessed. For the Christian, patience is intimately tied to your faith in God.
In our present society, there are various businesses that build a product or concept on knowing that the public often has little patience. Why do you think businesses came up with the concept of "Minute Rice," "3-in-1 Shampoo," "Fast Food Restaurants," “Instant Coffee,” etc.? It is because we are living in an "instant world," and we have to cope with today's fast pace environment. Everything around us screams, “Hurry up!” We have become conditioned to doing “life” hurriedly, that it now seems normal to be hurried, frustrated, and exhausted.
There is no doubt that this “instant mania” affects our spiritual lives. Many times, we expect instant answers from God when we pray for something? Do we even understand the concept of waiting on God . . . much less know how to do it?
The apostle Paul lists patience, or long suffering, as part of the cluster we call the “Fruit of the Spirit” in Galatians 5:22,23. In a biblical sense, patience is not just a question of temperament; it is a way of training our inner spirit to persevere as we trust God to fulfill the promises found in His Word. As Christians, patience means learning to take the long path rather than the easy one.
Patience will always require trusting in God. If we go forth in our own strength, we will faint and utterly fall, However, if we choose to set our hearts and our hopes in the Lord Jesus Christ, then we will be carried above all circumstances. It is then that we are able to lay hold of the prize of our high calling in Christ Jesus. God is ever gracious to all that come to Him by faith in Christ; and blessed are those who persevere (James 5:11).
"Heavenly Father, Give me strength and faith to wait for You and to trust You. Thank you for never being too early or too late but always on time. I am eternally grateful that You are always trustworthy and will always completely fulfill Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen."