Christian Living, Encouragement

Patience is indeed a virtue

Are you the impatient type?  Do you get in the grocery line with the expectation that you will get checked out quickly and on to other things, only to find you found the one line where someone has an armful of coupons?  Do you get impatient at red lights?  Do you want everyone to get out of your way on the freeway, so you can go much faster than the posted speed limit?  If you are, you are not alone.

I do not necessarily get impatient at the above-mentioned situations, but I do get impatient waiting for God to answer prayers.  I am a product of our microwave society.  I sometimes sound like the little bratty girl from Willy Wonka going around telling God that “I want it now”.  I tend to get very anxious if I do not get an answer to prayer right away.  I begin asking question like “Did God hear me”? Or maybe I didn’t ask Him the right way.  Is there any chance that God didn’t like the way I asked or was my heart attitude wrong?  I go through the gambit of doubt and irritation wondering what is taking so long??

And then I come across a verse in the Word like Psalm 5:3 which says:

“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly”.

Or, one of my favorites, Romans 12:12 which says

“Be joyful in hope, faithful in affliction, faithful in prayer”.

Oops.  Messed up again.  How can I think I am righteous in my beliefs when I read these verses and know I am so far from where I need to be?  I am not faithful in affliction. I am inpatient, irritated, aggravated, and even down right frustrated when my prayers are not answered the very instant I prayed for them.  Case in point… I have been praying for something very important to happen for one of the members of my family. I have prayed and claimed in the name of Jesus only to find out that it still has not happened.  How long God, must I wait?  Answer…I must wait until God determines it is time.  My timetable means nothing to Him.  God is not going to give me what I pray for until He deems it the right time.  He may need to grow me, teach me, test me, before He is willing to answer my prayer.

I know God always answers prayer.  It may not be the way we want it to be answered but He does answer.  Apparently, I need to work on my patience.  God needs to fill my patience meter to overflow so I can stand faithful in affliction and faithful in prayer.  I need to stop expecting God to work on my time table.  What I need to do is to pray, wait, and wait with joy. Oh, how hard things can be sometimes.  Is it just me, or do you suffer the same impatience?  Teach me Lord, to wait.  Amen

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