THE POWER OF PATIENCE PART I
Patience literarily is capacity to tolerate, bear, stand or undergo pain, trouble or adverse condition without complain, without getting angry and without getting irritated. Patience is a crucial spiritual virtue that works with faith to facilitate the latter’s productivity. Anywhere faith has produced result is where patience has worked successfully. Faith does not work with impatience; faith will always require the ambience of perseverance that patience creates.
“And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” – Hebrews 6:11-12
Hope focuses on the future; looks forward to the future, expects something better ahead. Faith focuses on the now but patience stabilizes faith and hope to deliver the promise. The ‘children’ of faith and hope are delivered on the platform of patience.
Brethren, all the giants of faith in scriptures obtained the promises of God by engaging patience along with their faith. God is not slack. II Peter 3:9. He created time; He lives outside time, He uses time for His purpose. Time can never run against Him. Relax! He makes all things beautiful in His time. Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11. The “now faith” needs the power of patience to deliver the things hoped for and make manifest the “things not seen” but expected. Hebrews 11:1
Many believers have been whipped in their journey of faith because they neglect the power of patience. Patience is an essential work of faith without which believers could be counted as lazy, slothful and lethargic. No lazy believer can ever make the most of the virtues of faith.
Friends, you can never be stranded travelling with God or when God is travelling with you on the journey of life. Every promise of God will always require the twins of faith and patience for you to take delivery. No matter what the situation looks like with you; refuse to complain, never get angry with God and deliberately take stand never to get irritated at God. The more patient we become in our journey of faith the faster the delivery of the promise of God to us.
Please note that impatience will always suggest “short cuts”, easy way out or by all means but patience will keep you relaxed and stabilized on “God means”. Dr. David Oyedepo says; “short-cuts cut people short”. It is better to be stable (may be naturally slow) than to be fast (as it seems) and crash without remedy. Patience does not make you a patient it is impatience that does!
Love seems to me as the engine that power faith. Galatians 5:6. Patience looks like the gasoline that is needed to fuel the engine. Without gasoline the engine (of faith) cannot work and without the engine (of faith which is love) faith cannot work.
Patience demands accepting responsibility for development. The more we exercise ourselves in the virtue of patience, the more patient we become in this impatient world.
Please be patient with God; He will not fail you. He has never failed, He will never fail because He can never fail.
Scriptures for meditation: I Timothy 6:11-12
Jesus is Lord!