I have often heard it said that you should never pray for patience because when you do, the Lord is sure to give you something to try your patience. "Patience" is a word and a concept that is used a lot in the Bible. An Old English word for patience is “long-suffering”. Some other synonyms for patience or patient are: tolerance, forbearance and resignation.
We spend a lot of time in our lives waiting because change is a process. Many people want change, but they don't want to go through the waiting process. The question is, are we going to wait the wrong or right way? If we wait the wrong way, we'll be miserable; but if we decide to wait God's way, we can become patient and enjoy the wait. It takes practice, but as we let God help us in each situation, we develop patience, which is one of the most important Christian virtues. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit as written in Galatians 5:22. It's developed only under trial, so we must not run from difficult situations. “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. “(James 1:4). Also read (Psalm 37:7-9)
As we develop patience, the Bible says we finally feel completely satisfied—lacking nothing.
Even our relationship with God involves progressive changes. Every change you go through makes you more mature, solid and well-grounded. We learn to trust God by going through many experiences that require trust. By seeing God's faithfulness over and over, we let go of trusting ourselves, and gradually we place our trust in Him. Looking at it like this, it is easy to see how timing plays an important part in learning to trust God. If He did everything we asked for immediately, we would never grow and develop. Timing and trust work side by side. These are the things you can do while waiting on The Lord;
- Recognize that God is in control, even when it seems He has forgotten you
(Often when it seems nothing is happening is when everything is happening behind the scenes. You just can’t see it.)
- Renew your faith in God’s quiet and Divine care.
(Do a study on waiting in the Scriptures. You’d be amazed to find that every major figure in the Bible was forced to wait long periods of time before God brought them to a place of success).
- Redeem your time in the waiting room of life.
(Times of uncertainty and doubt are useful periods in which we can draw into God, sharpen our skills and prepare for the time when that big promotion comes). For instance, A single manor woman should prepare him or herself for marriage while he is single by reading good relationship books.
Have patience with all things, but more importantly, have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but make effort in remedying them. You will surely have a testimony as you continue to trust God in Jesus Name. Amen.