Proverbs 16:32 New Living Translation (NLT)
32 Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.
Galatians 5:22-23 New Living Translation (NLT)
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Maybe you have a supernatural store of patience in your life, but I sure don’t. I struggle waiting for answers, elevators, stoplights, phone calls, texts, emails, justice, Cubs wins, etc.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not constantly tapping my toes or biting my nails (except with the Cubs) but I definitely find that time seems to stand still when I am waiting for something.
I bet you can relate at times. And it isn’t all our fault.
We have been conditioned to this new normal by the pace with which we live. Follow me for a moment… What is the acceptable wait time you have for a return text message? Ten minutes? Five minutes? Thirty seconds? Have you ever been frustrated when you didn’t get an immediate response only to find out that person was in a meeting, or driving and wasn’t ignoring you?
See what I mean…
When we are impatient, anxiety is the natural byproduct, and it is toxic. That is why practicing patience is so important. It fosters endurance and is good for our hearts and souls.
But, it doesn’t come naturally to us. It has to come from God. And the more we spend time with God, the more in tune we are with His thoughts, His ways, His timing. What byproduct do you think that produces? Patience. God wants this for us.
Anxiety can cause us to power up. Patience teaches us surrender and brings us peace. And we can all use a bit more of that in our lives.
So if you have found yourself being a little more impatient these days, take a breath. Find some time with God this week and allow his Holy Spirit to fill you up once again. You won’t regret it.