I’ve always been warned to avoid praying for patience, otherwise, I will surely be given ample opportunities to learn it. Well, I guess I’ve been praying for it without even realizing – because it seems like I’ve spent my entire life learning to be patient!
When my husband and I disagree, I want it resolved right away – but I need to be patient. When I’m excited about a new project or idea, I want it started right away – but I need to be patient. And when I am sick, now that’s when my patience is really tested. I want to be well right away – but I’ve learned the hard way –– I’ve got to be patient.
I am the type of person who likes to get things done and work out the details along the way. While there are positive attributes to this part of my personality – like determination and perseverance, there are also negative attributes I must accept – like impulsivity and occasional carelessness.
By rushing into projects and activities, I often overlook potential obstacles, negative consequences, and wasted efforts that might be avoided simply by implementing patience and proper planning.
The New Bible Dictionary says, “Biblical patience is a God-exercised, or God-given, restraint in the face of opposition or oppression.”Throughout God’s Word, we see examples of His patience with mankind and His call on mankind to practice patience. In the book of Jonah, we read of God’s great patience and compassion for sinners. Throughout the Old Testament, we see God’s longsuffering patience with His people. And, in 2 Peter, God’s patience is clearly expressed when He describes how He waits patiently on us to repent, desiring that no one perish (2 Peter 3:9).
Because God is patient with us, so must we be patient. Patient with ourselves, patient with others, patient with our plans, and patient with our lives in general. When you’re tempted to be impatient with something or someone, think about how patient God has been with you and is leading you through life His way –– in His timing.
Patience brings peace, and peace enables patience. Will you spend time today praying for and exercising patience?
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23a
“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love.” Ephesians 4:1-2