We are living in the most impatient age in the history of the world so I find it relevant to write about patience.
We have become a very impatient society in this fast-paced age. And I hope we become fully aware that impatience is a sign of immaturity. Babies are among the most impatient of all creatures. Patience I believe is something that must be learned. Some of us, most of us never outgrow this immaturity – this impatience.
People struggle with Christian commitment because the Day of Reward seems so very far away. And let me tell you that impatience has a lot of negative side-effects. God may use the interlude in our lives to teach us patience and endurance. It is written in the Book of Romans 12:12 – “…rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer…”. He who endures waiting will be saved. Beware of too much haste for delay is better than disaster.
God wants us to develop more patience. That is more patience with ourselves, more patience with others and we also need to be patient with God Himself.
Patience with ourselves
“By your patience possess your souls.” – Luke 21 verse 19. We sometimes become impatient with ourselves, not making enough progress. But Jesus is working in us – “…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…” (Philippians 1:6). God tells time differently than we do. And because we know we are mortal and life is short, this thought is also making us impatient. But God’s thoughts are not our thoughts ( Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”). God sees the big picture. Let’s consider the lives of Moses and David. The time of delay in their lives was used for preparation. And let’s not forget Joseph who spent several years as a slave and a prisoner before becoming the Prime Minister of Egypt (James 1:3,4 “…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.”). Let God do what He is trying to do. We have to wait on the Lord.
Patience with others
God wants us to be merciful and forgiving and patient with each other as He has been with us.
And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious , long suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth,…” – Exodus 34:6. The Lord is long suffering. And what is the synonym for that? Patient. So let us be patient with all, always.
We need to be patient with the Lord God Himself
God knows what is best for us and so we need to wait for Him to do what He is going to do with our lives, in our lives, for us. Let us rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him(Psalm37:7).
“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14). Let’s not give God a deadline. He will not allow us to be delayed more than we can handle.
So how do we cope with impatience now? We got to move it, move it- by doing something productive in the meantime. Jesus said keep yourselves busy till I come. We know not the hour but we have to stay busy.
Love is patient. This is the reason why God put up with us for so long. Because God is Love and Love is Patient.