“Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.”Hebrews 10:36
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” Romans 5:3-4
Patience….it seems to be a fading attribute in the world today. A much less valued virtue in a culture that’s so fixated on having what we want or need NOW. I typically consider myself a very patient person, but in reality, it doesn’t make you patient if it’s only with the people and things you CHOOSE to be patient with. It so happens that I’m every bit as guilty of this as the next person! There are countless areas in my life that I’m severely lacking in the patience department. My kids, my husband, myself….the internet!!! Not to mention that I’m impatient with God, the things of God and His promises.
I’ve been in a season for a while now where I’m having to wait on some promises the Lord has made to myself and my family; that we’re anxiously anticipating with vision and expectation. But for now, we wait. I’d love to say I do this graciously, but there are more days than I’d like to admit that the waiting gets hard, my patience grows thin rather quickly, and I feel the need to throw a tantrum or have a meltdown.
What I’m realizing, though, is there’s so much more going on here than just waiting on the timing of the Lord’s fulfilled promises. He makes all things beautiful in their time, and He IS faithful to make good on all of His promises. However, there’s purpose in the process. I know! I know! That’s not my favorite concept either! Trust me! From where I sit right now, I would most definitely prefer to just jump to the end result!!! But the truth is, the end result wouldn’t even be the end result, without the process. Think about it….
Endurance develops strength of character. Patient endurance is what we need so we will continue to do God’s will. THEN we will receive all He has promised. So we can’t get tired of doing this, doing what’s good, because our endurance and perseverance is how we reap the harvest of blessing. When we’re doing God’s will with patient endurance, we’re developing our character, becoming the person we need to be and achieving the goals and overcoming the obstacles, building our faith that will fulfill the promises of God. Those end results I mentioned, they’re not going to happen otherwise.
I can personally testify to this as I reflect on past promises that have been fulfilled as well as some that we’re currently waiting on. I can very clearly see that I wouldn’t be where I am now, if I hadn’t walked through the trials and waiting that have developed my character and my ministry. And I can also very clearly see that I wouldn’t get to where I’m going, that the other promises wouldn’t be fulfilled, without the waiting and character development I’m currently undergoing. I’m not the only one affected, either! God never does something that only benefits one person. His heart and design is to reach everyone. So there’s a domino effect in place with every promise that is to be fulfilled…for every person. And THAT’S the purpose in the process! We never tend to think beyond ourselves with what we’re waiting on and how long it’s taking. God is showing me, that though it’s a promise for my life, it’s really not about me! It’s really about everyone else who will ever cross my path, and then cross the path of those, and then so on, and the impact that we will each have for the Kingdom. Get the picture?
Patience is definitely a hard character development, but the rewards are great, and we develop an appreciation for the process when we look back. God is giving us more than we can possibly imagine OR deserve, while we wait. This has been my experience. So though I still have moments of impatience, I’m trying to remind myself to look for the blessings and the purpose in the process. ~ Heather
Your Turn: What are you waiting for? Have you become impatient in your waiting, that it’s distracted you from seeing the purpose in the process? Or are you on the other side of your waiting and can now see why you had to wait to begin with? We’d love you to share your story with us. ~ Breath on Paper