“Patience is power.
Patience is not an absence of action;
rather it is “timing”
it waits on the right time to act,
for the right principles
and in the right way.”
~Fulton J. Sheen
Each month of The Faith Project has had its own set of challenges . . . freedom, love, wisdom, prayer, humility, and now, patience. Digging deep isn’t easy, but I’ve stopped and lingered and my faith has grown.
My prayer at the beginning was that my faith would grow.
Not my knowledge, but my faith.
I’ve spent much of my life studying Bible truths and have a fair amount of “knowledge.” But knowledge didn’t root those truths down deep where daily trusting God and life intersect.
Please don’t misunderstand, I will always be a student of the Bible. I want to learn as much as I can but more than that I want to completely surrender to God through faith . . . in the big things and the little things.
So, June will dig into surrendering with patience.
Does just the mention of the word patience scare you a little bit?
I remember when I quit praying for patience when my children were little. Since God did not choose to magically infuse it into my life but allowed me a plethora of opportunities to apply it —unsuccessfully, I might add…
I stopped asking.
Patience is hard when you’re exhausted. There are many life factors that make having patience hard. So, I’m digging deep. I want to know more about—What it is. Why it’s important. How to survive impatient people. And the overwhelming blessing of God’s patience. I want to grow in faith as I wait on God’s timing.
We live at a time when many things happen fast.
It’s still a little hard for me to get over the reality that if I have a question about something Siri or Google will usually have the answer for me in under sixty seconds. And that’s just information. The list of things we do faster now than ever before grows every day.
And maybe, just maybe, in this fast paced life we are growing increasingly impatient.
Patience is defined as the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
Dr. Judith Orloff wrote the following for Psychology Today:
“Patience doesn’t mean passivity or resignation, but power. It’s an emotionally freeing practice of waiting, watching, and knowing when to act.”
There is strength in patience. It’s intentional. Pro-active and wise. (Wow, that’s almost Biblical. I just love when a secular publication supports Biblical truths unknowingly.)
Waiting. Watching. Knowing when to act.
Whether you and I need patience because we’re short on time, suffering, or in the middle of a crisis, whether it’s a big deal or a minor irritation . . . making the decision to wait, watch, and know is Holy Spirit empowered strength.
Wait on God’s Timing – God has not forsaken you. He hears every prayer, gathers every tear, and loves you more than you can imagine. Waiting on God’s timing may be one of the most difficult things to learn (at least for me it has been) but don’t give up. Keep asking. Keep seeking. Keep knocking. And trust His perfect timing.
I waited patiently for the Lord. He turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1
Wait for the Lord’s help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the Lord’s help. Psalm 27:14
I wait for the Lord to help me, and I trust His word. Psalm 130:5
Watch What God is Doing – Pay attention to God’s activity in your life and the lives of those around you. Get involved. Pray for each other. Trust and surrender confident that God has a plan for you and that He will accomplish it in His own perfect way.
My children, listen to your father’s teaching; pay attention so you will understand. Proverbs 4:1
My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees. Your instructions are more valuable to me than millions in gold and silver. Psalm 119:71–72
My son, pay attention to me, and watch closely what I do. Proverbs 23:26
Know When to Act – I’ve had too many times when my impatience caused me to take action too soon. God was telling me to wait and I . . . well, I simply didn’t trust Him to come through. So, I jumped in, took charge, and it NEVER went well.
Part of patience is listening for His guidance. Knowing His voice and knowing when to act. It’s proactive. Not sitting on the couch pouting, but doing whatever God has called you to do today.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27
So don’t worry, because I am with you. Don’t be afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and will help you; I will support you with my right hand that saves you. Isaiah 41:10
God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid, but a spirit of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
Finally, patience is holding on to hope. While you and I wait and watch. While we obediently trust and follow. We never lose hope.
God is who He says He is. He will always accomplish His purposes in His timing.
It looks like it will be another month of digging down to deeper roots of faith. I hope you’ll join me.
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