We are a part of the fast-forward and quick-fix generation that screams, “I don’t have patience. I want it now.” But patience is one fruit of the Spirit that can make or break God’s call upon your life.
Patience can be defined as the ability to endure or stay the course. It’s not just waiting, but how you act as you wait ( Galatians 5:22, AMP).
The Bible says: Whoever is patient has great understanding, but the one who is quick tempered displays folly (Proverbs 14:29). Here are 5 reasons you need to embrace patience:
1. It will lead you to God’s best
You need patience because the lack of it will cause you to settle for something that is not God’s best for your life. Look at some of the impatient people in the Bible – King Saul, Esau, Samson, Lot, Jonah, Prodigal Son, and then look at those who patiently persevered in their calling – David, Abraham, Joseph, Job, Moses, Daniel, such a stark difference! While we will find chapters and pages written in the Bible about the latter, the former, falling short of God’s best for their lives, disappear in a few pages.
2. Seed needs time
You need patience because everything in God’s kingdom comes in the form of a seed. That seed may be a word, or dream or a desire. And seed takes time to germinate and this why you got to be patient. While it is so easy to give up, patience will teach you to guard and nourish that seed, till you see it one day bearing fruit. Galatians 6:9 says, Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Remember the grass grows and dies fast ( success of the wicked, Psalm 92:7), but the righteous are like the palm trees ( Psalm 92:12), a work of patience that take years to germinate, grow and bear fruit and are able to stand strong against every storm that life throws at them.
3. Where’s your trust?
You need patience because it will expose how much you trust your Heavenly Father. And if we are really trusting God, we will trust in His timing. Isaiah 30:18 says, Blessed are all those who wait for Him.
It’s sad how Christians give up so easily. I like how Kenneth Copeland puts it: Don’t come to me and say – I tried and it didn’t work. Actually, it tried you and you didn’t work!!!
If we really know our Daddy God, we will trust in His goodness.
4. It will help you finish well
Patience is important because it’s not how well you began you race, or how fast or well you ran that matters, but how well you finished it. At the end of it, God will not say well begun or well run you faithful servant, but well done you faithful servant. That’s why I seldom get impressed with people who initiate things in the kingdom of God. Not that I am belittling their efforts, but I love the ‘finishers’ more than the ‘starters’ because finishing requires discipline and patience and many lack it.
5. God is patient
We need patience because God is patient with us. The first quality of love mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13 is patience. 2 Peter 3:9 says, The Lord does not delay [as though He were unable to act] and is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is [extraordinarily] patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
Hence freely we should give what we have freely received.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.