You may have heard the impatient man’s prayer. It is going something such as this: “Lord, I would like patience, and so i require it At The Moment!”
Within a world filled with discourteous drivers, selfish or thoughtless customers, personality conflicts with coworkers and also the constant demands of children and family, we need Patience is a virtue only to ensure that is stays together!
There is an old Dutch proverb saying, “A few patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.” Experience often shows that a client person will make better decisions and discover more favorable outcomes in life than a very intelligent person that doesn’t get the patience to wait for the right time and opportunity.
Leonardo da Vinci is credited with saying, “Patience serves as protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For in the event you place on more clothes as being the cold increases, it will do not have capability to hurt you. So in like manner you should grow in patience if you talk with great wrongs, and they can then be powerless to vex the mind.”
In Galatians 5:22 the apostle Paul recorded a list of characteristics which can be borne of God’s Spirit. Your fourth one listed is “longsuffering,” better understood today as patience. It is really an attribute of your Creator God, and something that is vital for a Christian to possess also.
Patience can safeguard our minds and emotions, but it can also guide us to consider and look at the struggle of life in a proper manner. Let’s examine two primary ways patience pertains to us.
1. Patience with God
How can you react when God is not going to react to your prayers together with the answer or perhaps the timing you desire?
We all know God is all-powerful, and there is not any trial or obstacle we face that he or she lacks the ability to get rid of or help us overcome. Why then doesn’t He always do this when we ask?
The apostle James gives us a perspective for this question: “My brethren, count it all joy if you get caught in various trials, understanding that the testing of the faith produces patience” (James 1:2-3, emphasis added throughout).
God has promised to never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), but nowhere does He promise to answer all our prayers immediately, or to respond to them in exactly the way you desire.
As parents, we are able to answer our children’s requests using a “Yes,” a “No” or possibly a “Later,” according to what we should believe to become ideal for them.
Our Father in heaven has the same options when answering us. As difficult as it could be to simply accept a “No,” faith demands that we put our trust in Him to understand what is better. And how will we differentiate from a “No” along with a “Later”? We will need to wait, and this requires-patience!
Losing patience with God?
How often have we seen people that lost patience with God? They felt the trial these people were enduring was not fair, and maybe these were right. They felt the trials these were facing were not deserved or otherwise their fault; and, indeed, they might not have done something to create the problem. And once God didn’t answer immediately to resolve the trouble or allow them to have victory, they decided God either didn’t care or He didn’t exist.
The end result was that they lost patience with God and decided they would will no longer await Him. With this decision, they often times walked from God and from living wherein is righteous. Some have even gone thus far concerning think that if God wouldn’t intervene, they could take matters inside their own hands-generally with disastrous results. Think about Abraham deciding to get a child by Sarah’s maidservant (Genesis 16), instead of waiting on God to supply a son because he had promised (Genesis 15:4).
Whatever we sometimes lose sight of is the ideal perspective of the Creator. There has never been a time when our God did not exist (Isaiah 57:15). They have seen everything, and in every circumstance He understands our needs more effective than we can. As much as we understand what we want, He knows precisely what is truly best!
Paul points that in Romans 8:28 where we are told that everything will work out for the ultimate good, once we consistently obey and serve Him as we should. That needs faith that God does understand what is advisable, plus it requires patience to hold back on His timing.
Jeremiah knew what troubles were as Judah was being taken captive all-around him. Cities and towns were being overrun, and thousands were being killed or removed into slavery. In the midst of such terrible trials, the following is what he were required to say: “The LORD is useful to the people who watch for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It can be good that one should hope and wait quietly for your salvation from the LORD” (Lamentations 3:25-26).
Our great and loving God knows everything we each need, and also in His perfect wisdom He will give you it. Just as much as we don’t love to listen to it, sometimes we must have a trial to instruct us valuable lessons or correct behavior that must be changed. Patience with God allows us to hold back until He supplies the answers They know we need at the time He knows we must have them.
2. Patience with other people
Often our biggest challenge is intending to exercise patience in our relationships with others. (Of course, the reverse can also be true, as others sometimes ought to exercise patience with us.)
“Patience with other individuals comes from a love and respect for other people. In 1 Corinthians 13:4 we are told that love “suffers long,” or is patient. The passage proceeds to explain how love is just not selfish, prideful or rude, as it is considering the welfare of someone else. Love will be the basis, and patience is part of that particular process.”Allow me to give you an insurance quote from your Love Dare by Stephen and Alex Kendrick:
“Can your partner depend on using a patient wife or husband to handle? Can she understand that locking her keys in a car will probably be met by the calm understanding as opposed to a demeaning lecture that makes her feel childish? Can he understand that being found watching a football game won’t automatically 35devnpky a loud-mouthed laundry list of good ways he needs to be spending his time?” (2013, p. 3). Relationship experts confirm what we’ve all experienced: Impatient people can be hard to live with.
Patience with other people arises from a love and respect for other people. In 1 Corinthians 13:4 we are told that love “suffers long,” or maybe patient. The passage goes on to clarify how love is not really selfish, prideful or rude, because it is considering the welfare of an individual else. Love is the basis, and patience is a component of this process.
In another place the apostle Paul describes the relationship we should have collectively, including not merely showing tender mercies and kindness, but “bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if someone includes a complaint against another” (Colossians 3:12-13).
Opting to endure an insult or even a provocation by letting it go requires significant amounts of patience! We can easily have these kinds of patience because we truly treasure our friends and relations despite their shortcomings.
Patience doesn’t mean weak
Simultaneously, we should understand that a patient person is not exactly the same thing as a weak person. Being patient does not mean we must just “take it” if somebody is abusive or creates difficulties for us. You will find a time when it is okay to convey to others how their actions or conduct is hurtful or disrespectful to us. This should be done with love and pure motives, and that we can still have to be patient to find out a positive change or outcome.
Neither does patience mean we sit around doing nothing, expecting God or someone else to fix all of our problems. Rather, it indicates we are prepared to serve as long so that as hard as necessary to solve problems and, as much as is possible, to fix relationships.
Deep and abiding faith in God is needed here. It is easier for us to get patient when we realize that the Creator of your universe sees, is involved and definately will cause things to work through for our ultimate good! Being patient doesn’t mean we quit or just roll over, but instead which we will patiently get through problems and trust our God to supply a way where human efforts alone cannot prevail.
Study examples of patience
Nearly all of us recognize our company is not as patient as we needs to be. We need to show patience with God, understanding that They have perfect perspective and always knows what is best for us.
We must also be patient with other people, loving and treasuring them their faults and all of-just as we hope they may use us. Fortunately, the Bible contains many wonderful instances of people of faith that have done just that.