Becoming patient is not natural, it seemingly goes against our hopes, dreams, and goals. How? Because patience is saying “wait” instead of “do it now, receive it now, achieve it now!” But patience is not a bad thing, it is actually a very good thing, and perhaps better said, it is a godly thing. Patience is defined as “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.” Being patient is waiting on the Lord, it is not “losing it” in an angry fit when things aren’t going your way. Patience is the ability to trust the Lord to reach (or not reach) a specific goal or complete a specific task. It is submitting to the Lord, and putting His will before our wants!
The Bible has many verses on this topic.
“He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: But he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.” Proverbs 14:29
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
“12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Colossians 3:12-13
For the next few posts, I will be diving into different areas where we as Christians must display patience!