Okay, let's keep it real. The majority of us do not enjoy waiting. We can care less if we are waiting in line at an amusement park, waiting to be seated at our favorite, crowded restaurant, waiting in traffic, or even waiting for the seasons to change. Somehow, the word patience was ejected from our vocabulary and replaced with the catch phrase "time is money, so stop wasting it". I hate to be the party pooper, but when we are waiting on God to do His great work, patience is golden.
Now hear me out. Since the time of Moses and even before, when man began to sin we needed redemption. Sin immediately brought about separation between man and God and the only way to mend that relationship was through repentance, offering, and sacrifice.
God soon realized that even the burnt offerings and sacrifices weren't enough, so He strategically created pure bloodlines that would eventually lead up to the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Yes, God waited over 2,000 yrs to deliver up His son as a living sacrifice, so that we may not perish from our sinful nature, but have everlasting life.
If I could I would consider God synonymous with the word patient. Who has more patience than God? When God realized we needed a perfect Redeemer it did not happen overnight, although it could have. God made sure that His sacrifice was made perfect in every aspect. The creator made sure His creation was not only flawless, but that he was presented to us at the perfect time.
More importantly, patience goes hand in hand with faith. How can one be patient if they don't have faith? We are tested in life through our faith and patience. Cultivating our faith and patience builds endurance. All these things please our Heavenly Father greatly.
Here are 5 ways to help increase your patience
Focus on strengthening your faith. If your faith is weak, then so is your patience. When you have diminished faith in God you'll take matters into your own hands in order to obtain the very thing you could not wait on God to bring to fruition; you'll end up tainting the blessing and regretting it later.
Instead, live a life of faithfulness to God despite your circumstance. In other words, when we make faithfulness to God a priority through obedience to His word and increasing our desire to know Him intimately, He will return the love.
Be content in the present. It may not be fun or easy, but sometimes you have to relax and ride out your trials and circumstances. Stop fantasizing about how your situation should be different and rejoice in the least of things.
Make it a habit to write down one thing you are grateful for each day and before you know it, your present situation won't seem all that bad. Incorporating this tip into your devotional time is a great way to build spiritual endurance.
Accept only God knows your future. Have you ever thought that possibly God is holding back because if He answered your prayer on your time, it would do you more harm than good? For example, I've always wanted to get married, so at the tender age of 18 I got engaged to the wrong man. God warned me not to marry him and it took 3 years to figure out he wasn't the one for me. Thankfully, I heeded God's advice because 13 years later I married the man God had for me the entire time.
Stop focusing on yourself and more on building God's kingdom. "It's not about you!" I know that was harsh, but it's the truth. Your focus should be on kingdom things, not the things of this world.
As a Christian and disciple of Jesus Christ your duty is to use your spiritual gifts to help lead people to our Lord and Savior so they will accompany you to eternal life. So what if you never become a millionaire, or a homeowner, or college graduate. At the end of the day how many souls did you share the gospel with is what matters.
Accept God's will. This is one of the most difficult things to do on your spiritual journey, but everyday you should ask God to fulfill His will in your life. It can be a hard pill to swallow, but maybe it wasn't God's will for you to get that promotion or to start that family.
God only wants the best for His children and sometimes that isn't what your heart desires. When your personal desires fail to manifest, just remember your Heavenly Father knows best.
So, the next time you are waiting in line to get served, or even waiting on God to do His perfect will ask yourself, "Am I faithful enough and willing to wait on perfection, or will I settle for mediocre and lackluster"?
I'd rather have God's best any day even if I have to wait what I would consider a lifetime.
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What are you waiting on God to do? Please share in the comments.