Patience isn’t exactly easy. We know that patience is a virtue and one of the fruit of the Spirit. But patience always comes with waiting. And in today’s world? We work to eliminate everything that requires waiting. Sometimes it feels like there is a mountain in between what God said and promised to us and what we see now. It takes so much for our hearts to fight to believe. We pray, yet nothing changes. We pray more, and still we see no change. And it’s hard to know how to hold on and believe.
I’ve been thinking about patience these days. Mainly because I am challenged to be patient these days. Waiting isn’t exactly my strongest game — and the devil knows this too. In situations and seasons of waiting, it is challenging to be patient. So I am trying to find ways to learn to be more patient.
Jen Wilkin wrote, “Patience is not just the ability to wait, but to abide.”
So I have been wondering — how do I abide? When things get hard, how do I abide? It’s not just that I can wait — and this, I have to remind myself at times. I can wait, I can always wait a bit longer. But to abide in this? How can I be patient and abide?
Yet here it is: God’s patience is an expression of His love. When we are drenched in sin, He waits for us. When we are taking baby steps. Or when we are walking the wrong way. He waits for us. With all our stupid decisions and actions, He loves us. I can learn from this love, for He showers me with it. And I know you too, friend, can learn from His love.
God goes before us. Wherever we are, He is with us. Our God is the God who holds all things together. In fact, He is the One who holds all things in His hands. This is true, always. Whether you carry a lonely, hurting heart. Whether you are bruised and worn from this battle, from climbing this mountain. Maybe you are wresting doubts and the confusion that floods your mind. Yet, always, God is faithful to carry you. He will bring you home, eventually. So we can be patient, no matter what the affliction is.
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
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