If I were being honest, I would say that I don’t like having to have patience.
It’s difficult, painful, and frustrating. I want to know an answer, to understand what God would have me do. But that’s not the way it works most of the time.
God uses the process, the moments of silence, the uncertainty and the unknown to offer us an opportunity to press closer into Him, to draw nearer to His heart.
Easier said than done. We can preach until the cows come home that “patience is a virtue'” and that we need to learn how to wait on God. But when it actually comes to walking the walk and living it out, having and keeping patience becomes tricky.
Oh, I can be patient for a day. Yes, Lord I know You will pull through. But what about when that day becomes a week, a month, a year, more than a year? What then? Does our faith in God crumble? Does our certainty in His goodness shatter into irredeemable pieces? What happens to our spiritual walks when God does not work according to our time-frame?
2 Peter 3:9 reads, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,”
In this particular verse, Peter is talking about the patience of God concerning the promise of Jesus’ return. People were frustrated at the Savior’s delay, but God’s reasoning was greater than their complaints.
God has yet to send Jesus to us because His heart is for all mankind to be restored unto Him. Ultimately the choice lies with us, but God’s desire truly is to have all men repent and turn to Him.
You see, regardless of what we’re waiting on, or how long we’ve been waiting, God is good. Period.
When we want something so badly, it is all too easy to make an idol of it. That hope for a future spouse, job, move, school, etc. We focus our energy and efforts entirely on that desire. All the while, God is saying “Do you trust Me? Then let go, child. Let go.”
Letting go requires us admitting we don’t have all the answers or the control, and that our lives are in His hands. Withholding nothing. It’s scary, discomforting, aggravating to the flesh. But nevertheless, it is necessary in order to live wholly and intentionally.
As God is patient, so we should be patient. I’m speaking this just as much to myself as to anyone else. A lack of patience is a lack of trust in God’s infallible character, a declaration that we don’t believe He truly holds our hearts in His hand. If you are walking in the will of God and seeking His face above all, He will guide you. But you have to let Him.