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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.
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.
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)
- Finding treasures in the dross.
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!
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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.)
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
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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?
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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 . . . :),