Faith Through Impatience
By Amanda Usher
“I am worn out waiting for your rescue, but I have put my hope in your word. My eyes are straining to see your promises come true. When will you comfort me? I am shriveled like a wineskin in the smoke, but I have not forgotten to obey your decrees. How long must I wait? When will you punish those who persecute me?”
Psalms 119:81-84 (NLT)
Patience is a virtue, a challenge, a goal and a journey.
While it can be a struggle to exude patient behavior, it can also be rewarding. Waiting on someone or something can make a person weary and quite frustrated. However, with time comes great results. Patience is a quality that will lead a person into a beautiful and a beneficial future. One may be temporarily blind as to what can come out of him or her indulging in such a virtuous habit.
While waiting for someone to complete a task can be tiring, waiting on God can produce even more exhaustion because He takes His time and slowly exposes His children to their blessings. This is because He prepares and molds them for when they receive what He has for them. He will never release a blessing too early and He will never unveil one too late. He is an on-time God, despite how impatient His child may be acting.
Patience comes with faith. If you believe in God, His power and His command, then you also believe that He will improve your situation, answer your prayers and do His will in due time. Though you may not see or understand what He’s doing, it will benefit you in the future to be silent and let Him work.
Don’t let your impatience stray you from Him. Continue to “obey [His] decree,” no matter how “worn out” you may become. Still follow in His path and do what He asks. Don’t falter and shut down on Him because of the impatient trait that you possess. Love Him through your battles and through your waiting. Keep your eyes on Him as you will always be within His reach.
Sometimes what you’re asking Him to do is unnecessary, and not in His plan for your life; so, you may very well be waiting on something that you really don’t need to receive or to have occur. It could be that you’re waiting on something that’s smaller in comparison to what He has for you in His vision for your life. While you’re waiting for your peanut-size blessing, a bigger blessing may be waiting for you; so, you may be “selling yourself short,” as the cliché says.
It’s sometimes a trial to exhibit patience, this is true; but, it’s worth the adventure and the chase. Pursue it persistently and you will acquire it. You won’t get it without faith and trust in God, though. Even when you feel empty, continue to grow in your spiritual relationship. It’s a feeling of relief to be able to hand over a burden to God, and then be patient as He works it out for you.
You never know what’s in store for you and your life, so just wait as God shows you His power. You may be going through a test. How awesome would it be for you to pass it?
How has impatience affected your faith? Do you believe that you’re causing yourself to miss out on blessings, or have them prolonged, by allowing yourself to act impatiently?
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