There are numerous conversations I have or hear that deal with patience. But almost everyone around me looks desperately impatient, as if not being able to wait consumes their lives. The world is running faster than ever, so waiting for the light to turn green or to be in line to pay for groceries can feel like a “life or death” situation. We can be so needy and forget the purpose of patience and what God is doing in our lives.
First of all, when it comes to waiting for something, our idea of time is not the same as God’s. In 2 Peter 3:9, it says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (NIV). We feel like we are waiting for an eternity while for God, it has only been an hour. Moreover, we have no control of time even when we try so hard to control it. When we fail, it is a reminder that time belongs to God and that He is in control.
Secondly, when we become impatient, it leads to doubt: doubting the power of God and who He is. That’s when we begin to play with fire. Just the other day, I was reading Isaiah 45:11-12 which says, ”This is what the Lord says—the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Concerning things to come, do you question me about my children, or give me order about the work of my hands? It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts” (NIV).
Thirdly, being too concerned about the outcome of waiting can result in missing out on the growing maturity we need during those waiting times. James 1:4 says, “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything” (NIV). For many of my single female friends, they often share to me how waiting for a “perfect” man is maybe not worth waiting. They express their frustrations and sometimes make decisions on guys that, from the start, were not what God intended. To me, it’s obvious that God is working in their lives at this moment, preparing them and maturing them while they are single so that they are better prepared for the future. But when in the situation, I can admit that it is hard for them to see that.
God will give patience to those who ask for it and use it wisely. We can’t expect things to come into place either. Then we wouldn’t need God. Sometimes waiting, for whatever, can bring outcomes that never were expected. Just think of Abraham and Sarah who had a child at an old age. They waited, Sarah doubted, but Abraham had faith. And so his faith was rewarded.
Comment and let us know how you remain patient. Hope everyone has an excellent weekend ❤