Waiting patiently is usually a time of testing — testing our trust in, and our commitment to, Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God].
Waiting on Yahuwah is a lesson in learning patience.
Patience is one of the necessary steps in maturity:
- Give all diligence to add to your faith virtue;
- add to virtue knowledge;
- add to knowledge temperance [self-control];
- add to temperance patience;
- add to patience godliness;
- add to godliness brotherly kindness;
- and add to brotherly kindness charity [love].
- For if these things be in you, and abound,
they make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Master Yahushua Messiah [the Lord Jesus Christ]. (2Peter 1:5-8)
As the above passage shows, our Heavenly Father desires that we would grow in our knowledge of Him.
These verses show us that our growth in Him is like climbing a spiritual ladder. Just as each rung of a ladder must be reached before climbing to the next rung, in the same way we must have patience in order to grow up into the knowledge of Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ].
Learning to wait patiently is a necessary and important step to maturity.
Are we aware that we have a need for learning patience? What are some symptoms that tell us we have need of patience?
If we find ourselves anxiously yearning for an answer to a dilemma, and yet we feel stuck! We are stuck in a place of insurmountable passage! We are stuck in agitation, feeling troubled and nervous!
Perhaps we have cried out to God. We have looked to Him, acknowledged our need for His help in our prayers. But we are pacing a rut in our floor. There seems to be no answer, no solution — even after we have prayed!
What can we do??
THE ANSWER: Wait patiently.
King David expressed a time of waiting patiently, and then receiving Father’s reward.
If we will begin to wait patiently on God, we will also discover Father’s reward — the reward of receiving Father’s hope, comfort, and HIS solution:
I waited patiently for Yahuwah [the LORD]; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry. (Psalms 40:1)
I will admit though. I do not like to hear the counsel — “Wait Patiently!”
Waiting patiently is not easy!! Yet waiting patiently is often very necessary!
Patiently waiting is a sign of our maturity. It is also part of our Heavenly Father’s ways — His way of bringing us to moments when all we can do is WAIT!
Imagine a little child eyeing a dessert that he desperately wants, but his mother insists that he wait until everyone is finished with supper. Just as that little child squirms and frets while he waits, we do the same!
Often we try to work out a remedy — a solution of our own.
We may have said a quick prayer, but then, we begin our efforts to ‘fix’ the problem.
I’m not talking about life-threatening situations where seconds count and swift action is necessary.
What I’m addressing is problems that commonly arise in our lives, dilemmas that can become tangled and unpleasant predicaments.
Problems and Tangled Predicaments
Such problems need our prayers! Prayer is certainly the first step when facing problems! But what is the next step?
And then, begin to wait with listening ears for Yahuwah’s direction!
Why is this the next step? Because Yahuwah says it is GOOD for us to wait:
Yahuwah [the LORD] is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeks Him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of Yahuwah [the LORD]. (Lamentations 3:25-26)
Blessed are all they that wait for Him [Yahuwah]. (Isaiah 30:18b)
Yahuwah tells us that it is good for us to wait for Him — waiting for His rescue, His deliverance, and His solution. Those who wait for Him are blessed, and they are growing up!
The above passage in Lamentations teaches us that waiting on Yahuwah is a form of seeking Him.
When we are seeking Him, we are looking to Him by prayer, re-dedicating our commitment to Him, and waiting for His divine intervention. We are bowing down to accept His solution, learning to wait patiently for His direction.
This ‘learning-to-wait’ process cultivates and nurtures this most-precious Fruit of the Spirit — Patience!
Our Own Solution
Often it happens however, that when we should be learning patience, we become impatient!
We attempt to work out our own solution rather than waiting on Yahuwah’s solution. Often we become very angry instead of patient!
The problem with working out our own solution, our own deliverance, is that frequently, an additional problem arises. As the prophet Amos describes, when we try to remedy a lion of a problem, then we find ourselves running into a bear of a problem (Amos 5:19).
I have learned that having a lion of a problem requires every bit of teeth-clenching, nail-biting energy I have to wait patiently on Yahuwah’s answer! I sure do not need a bear of a problem in addition!
But alas — I have encountered my share of bears!
Yet, by Father’s mercy and grace, little by little, I’m starting to learn that if I will ask His help to BE patient, I can begin to see the benefit and the blessing of patiently waiting.
Waiting and listening for Father’s direction will teach us the benefit of not being hasty!!
Sadly, it is being hasty that brings us more trouble. Being hasty often ends with exposing our own pride, anger, and foolishness:
He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. (Proverbs 14:29)
Do you see a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him. (Proverbs 29:20)
Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools. (Ecclesiastes 7:9)
My beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. (James 1:19,20)
Learning to be patient in spirit rather than hasty in spirit is worth all our efforts!
As the above verses show us, if any benefit comes from waiting patiently, at the very least, we will avoid appearing as a fool.
Growing in Maturity
Becoming patient is one way in which we grow in wisdom, in maturity, and in the knowledge of God’s will. So what are some indications that we are beginning to learn the blessing of waiting patiently?
This may be obvious for some, but the first step of maturing in the knowledge of Yahushua Messiah is to have a determined, unshakable conviction and commitment to Yahuwah’s written WORD — that His Word is our final authority in all matters!
When we base everything we do, and believe, on the Scriptures [the Bible], then we are on the right path to finding peace, blessings, and the wonderful attribute of patience!
When we have this conviction, we will begin to be afraid to dis-honour Yahuwah. We will not want to violate His Word! Instead we will desire to be obedient to such verses as:
- “A soft answer turns away wrath” (Prov 15:1)
- “He that is slow to anger appeases strife” (Prov 15:18)
- “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty” (Prov 16:32)
- “The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit” (Ecc 7:8)
- “Love endures all things” (1Cor 13:7)
- “Endure hardness, as a good soldier of Yahushua Messiah” (2Tim 2:3)
- “Endure chastening, for it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness” (Heb 12: 7,11)
Taking heed to these verses will encourage us to be:
- swift to hear,
- slow to speak, and
- slow to wrath (James 1:19).
If we are diligent and faithful [by Yahuwah’s enabling grace of course], to follow James’ advice, then patience will result.
However, be prepared for the testings of our faith in this area.
S-L-O-W To SPEAK
Why would we be tested over our patience?
Because a person who is ‘swift to hear‘ and ‘slow to speak‘ is generally not popular in the world’s eyes. Most people are naturally hasty of spirit.
But many are NOT s-l-o-w to speak!
Most people are quick to speak, and quick to anger!
Therefore, many scorn those who are slow to speak. Yet Father gives abundant comfort and assurance to those who earnestly seek to walk in His ways.
Our goal is to learn of Him who is meek and lowly. Our quiet peacefulness is a good indicator of our growth in wisdom, grace, and the knowledge of our Saviour, Messiah Yahushua (Matthew 11:29; 2Peter 3:18).
Yes, a big indication that we are growing in wisdom and acquiring a patient spirit is our lack of much talking, and our lack of anger.
Rather than rising up with retaliation and contention, we maintain a tight hold on our tongue, remaining quiet. If we are seeking to learn patience, then we will be quick to raise up a prayer for Yahuwah’s help.
In My Distress, I Cried Unto Yahuwah
Contention and strife is a good indication that we are not being patient, but are seeking to find our own solution!
But if we are learning to wait patiently, walking in Father’s ways, we will resist the inclination to contend or strive. Instead, we will trust the abundance of Yahuwah’s encouragement to cry out to Him, seeking His intervention on our behalf:
- Yahuwah will hear when I call unto Him (Psalms 4:3b).
- Yahuwah has attended to the voice of my prayer (Psalms 66:19).
- I cried unto Yahuwah and He has healed me (Psalms 30:2).
- They cried unto Yahuwah and were delivered (Psalms 22:5).
- They cried unto Yahuwah in their trouble, and He delivered them (Psalm 107:6).
- When I cried, You answered me, and strengthened me with strength in my soul (Psalms 138:3).
- In my distress I cried unto Yahuwah, and He heard me (Psalms 120:1).
These are just a few verses showing us that crying out unto Yahuwah has great promises!!
Crying out to Father eventually results in seeing His divine intervention on our behalf!!
Father wants to show Himself strong on our behalf (2Chronicles 16:9), but we must surrender our pride and arrogance, and acknowledge our need for Him!
Sometimes Father will reveal His solution for our problems directly to us [and even quickly at times], and thereby we can walk in His guidance. But if we don’t cry out to Him, and then wait patiently for His direction, we could well find ourselves running into a bigger problem — a bear of a problem.
Some of us may be dealing with such dilemmas as a cantankerous supervisor, a cranky family member, an overwhelming debt, a distressing habit or a medical condition, or some other stressful obstacle. Instead of stewing and striving over our options by seeking our own solutions, let us cry out to the King of the Universe for answers, in all our ways.
If we will tell Father exactly what the problem is [no matter the size], and cry out to Him for His help, then by His grace, let us grit our teeth with fortitude and wait patiently for His solution!
May it be that we will seek Father for His grace to wait patiently — and not seek our own solution!
- Please see the companion post: Bringing Forth Fruit With Patience
- First the Natural, Then the Spiritual – Part 2
- Enduring Out Trials
- Trusting In Yahuwah With All Your Heart
- Thy Torah Is My Delight
- Enduring As Seeing Him Who Is Invisible
- Wrestling With Obedience
- Acquiring A Teachable Heart
- More Things Are Accomplished