Patience: A God given ability
v7a - “Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;”
All of us are familiar with the waiting season. And like me, I am sure that most of us aren’t fans of this season. The wait doesn’t seem to have an end. As humans, we always learn to cope with failures and other discouragements but during the wait; the matter seems to prolong and the destination, whether good or bad, seems far away. There are times when the waiting season seems to be harder than the actual goal or outcome that we are waiting for. And each day our spirit grows wearier and our faith seems stretched and we feel as though we cannot hold on much longer.
But we need to realize one thing.
A waiting heart is exactly the type of soil wherein God wants to grow his fourth fruit of the Spirit: Patience
Our Bible portion of the day exhorts the believers to wait on the Lord with patience. Everything around you is seen and known by God. He sees every hurt, every brokenness, every struggle and every desire that people hold dear to them. He sees the wicked plotting evil and prospering in their journeys.
And He reminds us that HE has the final word.
He is able to do far more than all we could ever ask or imagine. (Eph. 3:20) He is faithful to do what he has promised. (1 Cor. 1:9) He assures us that he will direct our path and even when we stumble, we will not fall as the Lord uphold us with His hands. (Psa. 37: 23-24)
So the next time you feel like you have reached the end of your rope. Know that He has seen your plight. Read His words for you and rely on His promises for your life. And let His Spirit grow His fruits in your life so that in the proper time, you may eat of the benefits.
O Lord, give us your fruits of patience and peace in this trying and hard season of our lives. May we rest in your promises and drink deeply from your Spirit to sustain our bodies and souls. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“Patience is a grace as difficult as it is necessary, and as hard to come by as it is precious when it is gained.” – Charles Spurgeon
Noel George, Long Island MTC
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church