“Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you wondered when the difficult times would end? A situation that seemed to be dragging on and making you ask certain questions? Most of us have experienced a time we wished would end soon. As humans, we tend to be more comfortable in good times and run from bad times, which is why difficult times always seem too long. Yes, because we keep running.
However, what if there’s a purpose to be found in the pain? What if there’s an opportunity for growth during those times when everything is not exactly smooth? What if the pain is a part of the process of birthing something beautiful?
As Christians who have put our lives in God’s hands and are following Him step by step, we must realise that He is intentional about our lives. If He allows something to happen, it’s because He wants to form something beautiful out of it.
Knowing the intentionality of our God helps us exercise patience because, in the end, we know that He works things out for our good. So, we wait, knowing that if we run away from discomfort, we’ll never realise the full purpose of that season. Even when we want to make certain decisions, it’s best to wait patiently on God for His will. At times, it may seem like a forever thing, but in the long run, it’s for our own good.
Dear Christian, let patience have its perfect work. Allow God enough time to do what He intends to do. Of course, this is not to say that we should wait in vain. Wait with purpose. The true meaning of patience is not just waiting until the end but how you wait.
When waiting, how many times did you complain? What were the words you uttered while waiting? Did you ever ask the Holy Spirit what He would have you do while waiting? Did you submit yourself over and over to God in prayer and the Word while you waited, so He could work in you? Did you obey even while waiting, or did the situation make you feel like you had enough excuses to slack off once in a while?
It’s how we wait that defines patience. If patience must have its perfect work, we must wait correctly.
- Dear Lord, please, teach me to patiently wait upon you.
- Help me to be patient, Lord, so that you might present me perfect, whole, and wanting nothing.
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Patience is required for every step of the Christian walk.