Patience

Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD.        Psalm 27:14

Waiting is not all that easy for me. I don’t think I’m alone in this. Everything moves so fast all the time and I get the feeling that I need to be instantly accessible to everyone and many times I think people should be ready to respond to me instantly as well. There just seems to be a shortage of patience.

This carries over into my relationship with God as well. God is on an eternal plan. He is working all things together for what he knows is best. In Exodus 32 when Moses headed up the mountain to hear from the Lord, he was gone for 40 days. From the perspective of the people at the foot of the mountain, he had been gone for a really long time. But God tells Moses the people had been quick to turn away from him.  Same amount of time–different perspective.

If I am going to have the peace in my soul that God desires to give me, I must learn patience. I must learn to rest in the promises and the power of God. I need to be patient with other people in the same way that God is patient with me! I can learn to wait. I need to be strong and let my heart take courage.

What does that practically look like for me? I need to trust that God will answer and so I  need to let him answer. In my impatience I am quick to bring my solution. That didn’t work out so well for the people at the foot of the mountain and it doesn’t work out well for me either. I need to courageously wait for God to do what he knows is best for me–and for the people I am praying for. What seems to be taking a long time from my perspective is really quick in light of eternity!

Patience takes courage. Patience takes strength. Impatience responds in fear and is the response I have in my weakness.

Dear Lord! Give me the courage and the strength to be patient! Also, thank you for being patient with me.