In a recent telephone conversation, one of my friends told me that patience wasn’t one of her strong suits. My response was that I don’t believe that patience is anyone’s strong suit – lol. We’re sometimes placed in circumstances when we don’t have options but to wait. What matters most, though, are the attitudes in which we wait. We can wait in godly states or otherwise. Of course, the wisest choices are to wait with godliness in our wait modes.
How challenging is it for women who’ve had miscarriages to wait and hope for healthy births to happen for them? I can only imagine what it’s like for parents to endure those situations. People wait for test results, loan decisions, house closings, graduation arrivals, job interview results, and on and on it goes – waiting. Is everyone pleasantly patient? No. Some folks, including me, have gotten better in the patience category, but it’s still a work in progress – lol.
Abraham and Sarah had to have a huge amount of patience to wait on their child of promise, Isaac. It was years before God fulfilled that promise to them. Sarah got impatient and thus, Ishmael arrived before Isaac. She subsequently came to resent Ishmael and the woman, Hagar, who bore him from the seed of Abraham. God made provisions for both sons, but indeed, a lesson about patience was in that account of Sarah and Abraham’s family dynamic.
The Bible tells us in the book of James 1:4 – KJV these words, “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” Indeed, it’s in our best interest to heed what the scriptures instruct. What a relief and comfort to know that our help comes from the Lord.
2 Peter 1:5, 6 – KJV
And beside this, giving all diligence add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience, and to patience godliness;