Today, with instant communication, fast-food restaurants everywhere, and immediate satisfaction of our interests, the idea of ‘waiting’ for something seems strange and annoying.
Yet the Bible tells us that many wonderful promises for the Believers are gained through faith and patience:
We desire each one of you to show the same earnestness, to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Hebrews 6:11-12)
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. (Hebrews 10:35-36)
But what is patience?
Patience is a precious and rare jewel of excellent character! Patience is the wonderful expression of humility and maturity! Patience is a willingness to trust in God’s timing.
Sadly however, patience is an almost-forgotten virtue – a virtue that is sorely lacking in many!
When we are fretful, annoyed, and restless over difficulties, how do we respond?
Are we calm and prayerful, or do we react with irritation, impatience and anger?
All of us know that restless, irritated, and impatient feeling! It can happen to us as quick as lightening!
So how can we can we change our behaviour?
The Bible tells us: “The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit” (Ecclesiastes 7:8)!!
Patience is somehow the opposite of pride or arrogance!
Everyone knows a prideful, arrogant spirit will ultimately cause grief – grief for ourselves and for others.
Things are simply much better in every way, for us and for those around us, if we can LEARN to be patient in spirit!
Inheriting The Promises
All of us are subject to struggles with fretting, anger, and irritations. We all have moments of impatience. Yet, if we desire to grow up; if we desire to mature and be pleasing to our heavenly Father, then we will recognize that our impatience does not solve problems!
Instead, we will see our need to ask Father for His HELP to be patient!
When we are being patient, we are learning a valuable key ingredient to our faith, because it is through faith AND patience that we inherit the promises of God’s Words: Be followers of them who, through faith and patience, inherit the promises! (Hebrews 6:12)
When we are patiently waiting on Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], then that is a victory for us! That is when we are ‘walking in the Spirit’ because patience [long-suffering] is a “Fruit of the Spirit!”
Those who want to learn patience will discern that patience requires a quiet nature — a willingness to listen and to receive the instruction that Yahuwah is trying to give us. Being patient in spirit means we will make a decision. We will decide to start slowing down, decide to calm down, listen, and wait.
Simply being quiet is a huge step in the right direction!
Let’s keep in mind that ‘Patience IS Waiting!’
Patience is l-o-n-g–suffering.
Patience is enduring. It is forbearing and persevering. It is continuing to have fortitude, even in the midst of troubles.
If we want answers to our prayers; if we want the wisdom of Yahuwah imparted to us; if we desire to be mature and strong in our walk with Father, then we will value, and cultivate, this precious Fruit of the Spirit — Patience.
It is through patiently waiting on Yahuwah that He hears our cry! (Psalms 40:1)
It is through patience that we gain in understanding! (Proverbs 14:29)
It is through patience that we grow, become mature and complete, and lack nothing! (James 1:4)
It is through patience that we learn to keep Father’s commandments, as well as obtain the faith of Yahushua [Jesus]! (Revelation 14:12)
What great rewards are ours, when we learn to BE patient!
Wisdom and Patience
Scripture tells us that those who hear the Word of Yahuwah, and keep it, are wise, and they will bring forth fruit with patience (Matthew 7:24; Luke 8:15).
So if you wish you could see more fruit in your walk with God; if you wish you could “walk as He [Yahushua] walked” (1John 2:6); if you wish you had more of Father’s wisdom and understanding, then patience could well be your need!
Do not grow weary in patiently studying the Word of God (Psalms 119:11)!
Do not give up in learning to be as our Saviour, learning to be of a meek and lowly in spirit (Matthew 11:29)!
Do not think that your obedience to Father’s Words is unfruitful (Deuteronomy 5:29, 33)!
Do not stop patiently sowing seeds of God’s truth to your family and friends (Psalms 126:6)!
Do not stop seeking Father in your secret prayer time (Matthew 6:6)!
For it is through faith AND patience that we inherit the promises:
“Christ never was in a hurry. There was no rushing forward, no anticipating, no fretting over what might be. Each day’s duties were done as each day brought them, and the rest was left with God.” – Mary Slessor
May you and I determine to value and cultivate this wonderful and precious Fruit of the Spirit — Patience!
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