Patience is defined as being able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people. That about says it all right there!
We know the Apostle Paul listed that one of the fruits of the spirit is patience and James said we could count it all joy when we fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of our faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:3-4)
It’s interesting because the Bible makes it clear that patience should be the product resulting from some kind of problem we’ve experienced or endured. That leads me to believe the only way we become patient when facing our problems, is embracing the God’s promises in the midst of difficulty.
When we lose our patience several things can happen that you don’t want to happen.
- We Lose Our Cool – The promises of God keep us calm, cool and collected in the midst of the storm. When we get frustrated, angry or fed up we make irrational decisions which take us away from the place where God promises to take us. Pursuing the promise in the midst of the problem produces patience that will see you to your destination.
- We Miss God’s Timing – I actually have missed God’s timing more than I like to admit, but ultimately it came from my lack of trusting God’s promises. When we remove ourselves from the process that problems confront us with you just delay the process of what God wants to develop in your life. The greater the promise, the greater the process. Patience is a result of going the distance and outlasting your difficulty. Patience allows you to be punctual, right on time and ready to receive God’s promise at the end of the difficult path.
- We Lose Sight of Faith – Faith sees the finish line, fear quits before you get there. One of my favorite characters to study in the bible is Abraham. In Genesis chapter 12 God speaks to Abram and tells him to leave the familiar with a promise to make his name great and become a blessed nation. An amazing promise! However, as you continue to read chapter 13 and 14 you realize Abram had to go through some things to get to the promises over his life. In fact, chapter 15 begins with the phrase “after these things…” You see many times in our lives it’s after the problem, it’s after the difficulty, after the storm, that God’s promises are released to us.
Paul observed and highlighted Abraham’s faith in Romans 4:18-22 –
18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations,just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”[19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Allow faith to persuade you to be patient for the promise that’s ahead of you! Don’t avoid your problem prematurely because it has come to produce patience that receives a reward.