Psa 27:14 Wait for Jehovah: Be strong, And let thy heart take courage; Yea, wait thou for Jehovah.
Have you ever come across a situation that you want to hurry up and fix? I know I have. I have a real problem with taking things into my own hands and in my own strength when working with problems. Problems of all sorts. It could be something within my own family or friends and everything in between.
In this world we live in, we are all in a rush. We are used to having it now. Whether it be things like; instant news through the internet or cable TV, instant messaging through our mobile phones, instant knowledge of what people are up to because of social networking tools. We are an instant, want it now society. It’s the way of technology and it creeps into our characters somehow.
Well, today I instantly went to my daily reading and it spoke of waiting on the Lord.
It may seem an easy thing to wait, but it is one of the postures which a Christian soldier learns not without years of teaching. Marching and quick-marching are much easier to God’s warriors than standing still. There are hours of perplexity when the most willing spirit, anxiously desirous to serve the Lord, knows not what part to take. Then what shall it do? Vex itself by despair? Fly back in cowardice, turn to the right hand in fear, or rush forward in presumption? No, but simply wait. Wait in prayer, however. Call upon God, and spread the case before him; tell him your difficulty, and plead his promise of aid. In dilemmas between one duty and another, it is sweet to be humble as a child, and wait with simplicity of soul upon the Lord.
Wait in quiet patience, not rebelling because you are under the affliction, but blessing your God for it. Never murmur against the second cause, as the children of Israel did against Moses; never wish you could go back to the world again, but accept the case as it is, and put it as it stands, simply and with your whole heart, without any self-will, into the hand of your covenant God, saying, “Now, Lord, not my will, but thine be done.
This is harder to do than to say. It requires patience and a heart that does not take itself away from God.
Here are few things I have dug up on patience.
- It is promised that patience brings good fruit…
Luk 8:15 And that in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bring forth fruit with patience.
- And did you know that God is the God of patience…
Rom 15:5 Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of the same mind one with another according to Christ Jesus
- We are also to seek patience. I guess we shouldn’t be in a rush to master it though.
1Ti 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
- And in patience the perfect work can be accomplished…
Jas 1:4 And let patience have its perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing.
I have heard it said that the last thing you would want to do is pray for patience and the reason is that it will bring all sorts of trouble so that we have to work on our patience…
Rom 5:3 And not only so, but we glory also in afflictions, knowing that affliction works out patience,
Rom 5:4 and patience works out proven character; and proven character, hope.
…we should not fear asking God for this quality we are supposed to have. He could answer the prayer by bringing more troubles, but He might also make the troubles we already face more profitable in our lives. If someone wants to pray for patience, it is probably because they are already facing troubles they do not know how to handle. Praying for patience simply means you are asking God to make His lessons more effective. [source]
Personally I think I should pray for strength in Him first, enough strength to be patient enough for Spiritual patience. Maybe that’s the way I can pray first!