Updated: May 20
"When you allow patience to have her way, you develop the characteristic needed to stay on course to reach your purpose and destiny.”
You can get to a place of understanding where you don’t need things, stuff, people, or situations to be a certain way, to be happy. It’s because you understand that God is someone who can be trusted to do what He said He will do in every area in your life. And if it's not done right away, there is a reason, and that reason is beneficial to you.
It has nothing to do with something you are doing wrong or some sort of punishment because when a person loves you, they don’t do things to hurt you. Instead, they find ways to help and support you. God loves you, so He’s not purposely keeping you in pain or discomfort.
Learning anything new takes time, and patience is no different. Patience is not only the ability to wait but how you behave while you are waiting and when you master this quality you will learn how to endure short term discomfort for long term gain.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing – James 1:4.
There are many reasons why we must wait, and those reasons may vary depending on the person. For me, God allowed me to go through situation He could have brought me out of with a snap of a finger for me to develop patience. He knew, since He is all-knowing, that I needed patience to accomplish my purpose and fulfill my destiny.
He didn’t want me to be a quitter.
He foresaw that I would come up against some difficult unpleasant circumstances that would tempt me to quit and if I didn't have patience then I would succumb to the temptations and ultimately forfeit my destiny.
You see, faith in God, brings you through times of struggle, trouble, and unhappiness and eventually makes you stronger. And when you are strong, nothing can move you or shake you. Also, you no longer adhere to threats or yield to fear. You will have that, "I’ve been there, done that" attitude with evidence to prove.
Patience gives strength, a skill needed to create the likelihood of success. It is the calming force you need when faced with adversities or disappointments. It helps you to not be hasty, which is a catalyst in making wrong choices. Patience allows the time and the observation needed to help you make the right decisions. Being patient in all things is a great quality to have (Philippians 4:6).
With patience you enjoy better mental health.
"Confusion for me was like my shadow; it would never leave me alone. I didn’t realize that I dealt with so much confusion until it was pointed out to me. I later found out that the root of my confusion was impatience, and impatience led me into a life of fear - Excerpt From My Love Is Unconditional." Read it here
It's ok to not have all the answers. For those who love God, all things worked together for good for us according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). He also knows the plans He has for us, and the plan is for welfare and not for evil and to give us a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
As a runner gains endurance by suffering through another mile, Christians also gain the ability to trust God through trials - biblref.com.
With patience you begin to mature because your understanding has grown. You are no longer like a child who still wants their way and has a tantrum when they don’t get it.
You have passed those attitudes and have arrived at an advanced stage of mental and emotional development in your thinking, behavior, and character.
But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and fully (no part left out) lacking nothing - James 1:4.
In order to master patience, you must first overcome impatience and one way to do that is by changing your perspective.
When you become spiritually mature you are becoming more like Christ. Although it's an on-going process, you will start to see a change. You will become humble, making it easy for God to teach you, trust you and use you.
Humility is something I lacked and teaching me patience is one strategy God used to humble me. Until I read it for myself, I didn’t know that impatience was a form of pride. God can now put me in places and around people and instead of getting impatient with their development, I now have tolerance and understanding.
A characteristic like this is needed in the field that I work where I help individuals who have barriers in their lives that prevent them from being successful. God recommends in Ephesians 4:2 that we should bear one another in love with humility, gentleness, and patience. Patience has allowed me to get out of the way and let God do what only He can do.
I started to see a change in my household and relationships without any interference on my part. I now live with expectation knowing what I desire will happen in the future.
What I learned from reading the Bible, is when you allow patience to have her way, you develop all the qualities and characteristic needed to stay on course to your purpose and destiny. Then you will live a higher, more desirable way of living - a life lacking nothing.
So go ahead, open the Bible and read what God has to say to you, so you can live your best life!
Learning anything new takes time, and patience is no different. God knows this; that is why one of His characteristics is patience... God makes the promise, but our response to the promise determines if it will happen - From Excerpt My Love Is Unconditional. Pick up your copy here