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When God Tells You to Be Patient

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Has God ever told you to be patient?

It’s not the words we usually want to hear.

Patience means you need to wait.

I’m not a fan of waiting anymore than any of you reading this. It’s just not in our nature! None of us want to be told to wait. We want the answer, the breakthrough, the dream NOW! Right?

Me too my friends.

Me too.

But the other day, God dropped a really sweet lesson in my heart about the word patience. It came during a prayer with one of my dear friends who’ve I prayed with for over fifteen years. She knows me well, but she also knows Jesus and his kindness like no other.

A Friend’s Prayer

Her voice has blessed my ear and my heart every week for fifteen years.

Some years we’ve talked more often than others,  years when we desperately needed someone to hold our heart and carry us to the Father when we could not carry ourselves.

Our voices have gently held the other through death of loved ones, relationships, and dreams. But we’ve also laughed and encouraged, and most of all prayed. After all the sharing is done to catch each other up, we pray.

And though the conversations fall sweet and helpful, the prayer time always releases the truth we need to hear.

As she prayed for me the other day, she hesitated and a nervous giggle escaped.

“Oh,” she said, “Um . . . you aren’t going to like the word that keeps coming to my mind as I’m praying for you.”

“What is it?” I couldn’t resist. If God is giving my prayer buddy a “word” it really doesn’t matter if I like it or not, I want to KNOW.

“Well . . . ” she hesitated. “”It’s the word patience.”

A New Perspective on Patience

Now normally when I hear that word, I react like everyone else. I’m not a fan. Patience and wait are brother and sister in my book, and nobody likes to WAIT!

But this is the cool thing I experience about words from God received during prayer; they do not burden, but bring some sort of freedom or peace and new understanding.

And that is what happened to me when my friend told me that God was telling me to be patient.

“I like it!” I responded, much to her surprise.

For the first time in my life the word patience grew wings. Rather than immediately thinking of having to wait, I felt hope.

You see, if someone tells you to be patient, that means whatever you are waiting for will come. The word wait doesn’t do that for me, but the word patience does.

“I feel like He’s given me a kiss and a promise with that word,” I told the ear on the other end of the cell phone. I could feel her relief and her smile.

Patience

Here’s our English definition:

Patience: the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
“you can find bargains if you have the patience to sift through the dross” (Google definition)
I like my definitions better (a kiss and a promise).
But there are some pretty important words in Google’s definition:
  • Acceptance
  • Delay
  • Finding treasures in the dross.
Acceptance brings me peace.
Delay means what I’m waiting for is coming . . . just not on my time table. But it is COMING!
And could their example sentence not be more perfect? I loved it! In my words they were saying, “Sometimes you have to be patient as you sort through the bad stuff to find the good.”

Reading Plan

Pour your coffee, grab a journal and Bible, and let the Lord love on you this week with these verses about patience. I’m actually pretty excited about this topic. You can join me Thursday night at 7:20 PM ET in my living room as I teach via Facebook Live or you can watch later on my You Tube channel where it’s posted after the live broadcast. Put on your stretchy pants and pour some decaf or chamomile tea and let’s study together!

 

Sneak Peek of Scriptures and Prompts to enrich your time with God: Get the Printable

Proverbs 19:11: A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.

  • How has the wisdom you’ve gained from past experiences helped grow patience during tough times? List times when God finally answered your prayer or came through for you. Does this give you patience for today?

 

Romans 2:4: Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

  • Does it help to know that God is patient with us? How does this affect your view of God?

 

Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

  • God gives all good things. Have you experienced a time when you had out of your ordinary patience?

 

Colossians 3:12: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

  • How do we do this? (Hint: read the verse above.)

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2 Timothy 4:2:  Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

  • Who we should we be patient with according to this verse? Is there anyone you are trying to teach?

 

James 4:7:  Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (Hmmmm…not sure how this one got in the reading plan. It says nothing about patience except maybe it does . . . ) I’m trusting somebody needed this verse this week!

  • How can patience fit into this scripture?

 

2 Peter 3:15: Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. (LOVE THIS!)

  • What does the Lord’s patience mean? Take a deep breath. Write down what this means about our God.

 

Extra Help with the Patience Pursuit

Download a free printable of these scriptures and extra questions/prompts to help you with your time with the Lord.

Please remember, the Lord loves you. He wants the very best for you.

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Why We Struggle

James Spiegel writes about patience and why it’s so hard in his article called The Virtue of Patience. 

Why is patience toward God so difficult? The explanation boils down to, again, our tendency to see things only from our own point of view. Further reasons compound the difficulty of waiting upon God. For one thing, patience with God involves faith, and to exercise faith is to surrender final control of one’s life. To lack faith is to give in to one’s desire for control. So our patience with God will only be as strong as our ability to overcome this.”

 

It takes faith. But it also takes trust that God loves you and is working out all things for good for those who love him. Just work on loving him more, my friends.  The more we love him, patience will come with grace and peace as we trust him. And in the midst of the waiting, he may be changing us as Stormie Omartian wrote in her article, The Power of Patience.

“The truth is, we can’t have patience without the waiting. But just because we’re waiting doesn’t necessarily mean we have patience. It’s how we wait in marriage that’s most important. Do we wait with a good attitude?

Comment to Win!

What are you waiting for? How are you waiting? Leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway of Elizabeth Thompson’s book, When God Says “Wait”: navigating life’s detours and delays without losing your faith, your friends, or your mind. 

I love Elizabeth! I think you’ll love this book. And if you are struggling with “waiting” in your marriage, I highly recommend Stormie Omatian’s book,The Power of a Praying Wife. She has also writtenThe Power of a Praying Husband.I haven’t read that one, but I have a feeling it’s  very helpful too.

 

 

Digging Deep to Live Fully Patiently . . . :),

 

 

 

 

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26 thoughts on “When God Tells You to Be Patient

  1. I am soaking up this lesson on patience. As my husband walked away from the Lord 13 years ago, I wait. As he’s been out of work for over 3 months, we wait. Trusting in God’s will sounds easy when we know in our heart that is what is best, but OH, THE WAITING! A friend of mine loves the saying “God is good, even in the hallway”. Thank you for leading us in this lesson, Andy!

    1. Wow Stephanie! You’ve got some really important things to wait on.. I love your friend’s saying. That is awesome! You are entered in the giveaway for the book. God’s faithful. He’s working. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Hi Andy,
    I appreciate your message, much needed. It seems God is doing something in me, my life with trusting God and patience. After graduating from LU earning a medical office degree in Dec 2017 I was so excited to use all knowledge I learned working, enjoying, and be a champion for Christ and pay off large student loan. It’s been 7 months and still no job. May have put in 60 applications; so struggling to stay positive. God helped me succeed in my classes for a reason so I know He has a purpose & plan for me in his time. Prayers appreciated!
    God bless,
    Bonnie

  3. I am waiting for God to let me know if moving to a new home is what we should be doing. It seems to make the most sense but I am waiting for His blessing.

  4. As I have grown in my faith and my skin, it has been a little easier to wait. Waiting has never been easy for me and I become unsettled when I have to. I always have to be moving, doing something.
    A few years ago, my husband lost his job (at age 59) and we had to start over, we were horrified! I was a stay-at-home mom for way too many years. (25+ yrs with 3 kids-6 years appart) I decided to go back to school so that I would be able to get a job for more than minimum wage. I chose an associates in Graphic & Web design, which took me 5 years to accomplish along with working part time. I finished May 2017 at age 59. A year later, I am still trying to find my place and waiting on God. I have given up trying on my own and know that eventually God will wake me up.
    Waiting, Jane

  5. Patience is difficult for most people. I am no different. Thank you Andy for all of your insight and teaching. Love, Roberta

  6. Yes waiting isn’t always easy. The enemy comes to steal the Word, so the Bible says: having done all to stand, stand. We inherit the promises of God through faith AND patience. Holding onto the promise that I will see my marriage restored❤️

  7. I find that God gives us plenty to do while we wait. He is the giver of good gifts so we can be expectant and looking forward in times of waiting for something that He makes a good path through the days and nights. We don’t have to be bitter about waiting, but we can exhibit patience and have time to enjoy all the little gifts He gives along the way to whatever bigger thing we hope for in the long run. We should not waste the opportunity of the wait as the evil one would have us to do.

  8. My husband and I are waiting to buy a home. We’ve been looking for about 18 months and it has been discouraging. But, I see God’s hand in all of it and have great peace that there is a reason why a home is not happening for us yet.

  9. Waiting is what I have to do as the land dispute with the neighbor who has stolen 3200 as feet of our land and maligned me on the street and around town will take 3 years for a trial date in land court. Waiting is so hard . Pray please

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