Patience is developed when God tells you to ‘wait’ and you actually wait on Him and not take things into your own hands.
Patience is developed in moments when people give you a reason (albeit annoying reasons) to be patient.
I don’t know about you but this week has been a week of ‘patience testing’ for me and I know I haven’t scored 100% in the patience exam, but I want to encourage you with three principles so you do much better than me lool.
Stay in your lane…Don’t watch others
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. (Psalm 37:7, NIV)
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: (Ecclesiastes 3:1, NIV)
Impatience comes when we look at what others are doing and compare ourselves to them. We wonder, why have they gone that far and I’m still here? When am I going to find my spouse like her? When am I going to be promoted at work like Him? How comes these people in the world are so successful and I’m still here. The fact is, you don’t know what they did to get there and you can’t assume that everything is all gravy! Be still, and wait on the Lord. Would you rather be successful based on the riches of the world or on the riches of God’s word, His promises and His Spirit? #DesireCheck
There is a time for everything. Your season will come.
A day is like 1000 years…2 Peter 3:8
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts…my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:8-11, NIV)
Understand that the way God thinks is different from the way we think. His timing is different from our timing, His ways are not our ways.
While it may seem like God is taking His sweet time to come through for you on a particular situation. Hold onto the fact that His ways are superior than ours and He knows best! We might want to rush into something that isn’t for us – God will shut that door and open the perfect one.
Patience is about Trust
We need to trust the God that knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). He sees the whole journey, while we only see as far as our eyes allow us. Trust Him to guide you, Trust His timing and Trust His word. He said He WILL accomplish what His word says. So as you wait on God – read the promises He has for you. Use them as your anchor and present them to Him.
Say Lord, this is what YOUR word says, not what I say. Accomplish this in my life, because I know you are not a man that you should lie right!?
I feel like God smirks when I do those kind of prayers – but understand that I pray it because I am confident in His word and my obedience to it! You should too!
Have a blessed and patient weekend…wait on the Lord. He will renew your strength.
— Kanayo Dike-Oduah