Patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. Let’s be honest though sometimes it’s hard being patient. When things don’t go your way, when things are taking longer than you’d like it can be hard. Sometimes, we as Christians expect a next day transformation but it takes much more than that. We look at what other people are doing for God and it’s like “okay God when are you going to give me a task” but we have to remember that we don’t know what it took for that person to get to where they’re at. At church some months ago I remember the pastor talking about how people want the pulpit, but they haven’t even been faithful with what God’s already given them. (Luke 16:10- He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.) God may have you already on assignment, but even though it’s not what you want you still need to be obedient. So many Christians desire a microphone, but ministry isn't about having a podium it's about your everyday life. You don't need a microphone to tell people about God. Sometimes God makes us wait because He wants to make sure we can handle small tasks before He gives us big ones. As disciples we don’t just do what’s comfortable, we do what’s commanded.
2 Kings 5
(2 Kings 5:13- But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “If the prophet had told you to do some great thing, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply to go and wash and be cured!” At first Naaman wasn’t even going to go to the Jordan River because he expected the prophet to just lay hands on him and he’d be healed. People don’t understand that we’re not gonna always get things the way we want them. We may just want to go through path A to get to our destination and God may want us to go through path A,B and C. One thing we have to always remember is that God knows what He’s doing. Imagine if Naaman never decided to go dip in the river 7 times, he would’ve never been healed. Always remember that even when it’s not the answer you want, still be obedient. If God told you to do some great thing, you’d do it right? So obey Him even when He tells you to do something simple, even when He tells you to do something you don’t want to do.
Sometimes being still isn’t just about patience it’s about having faith that God will take care of you and you’ll be okay.
So many times we begin to doubt God because we’re looking at what’s going on around us and not at Him. Peter was looking at how high the waves are and it terrified him when he should’ve kept his eyes on Jesus. This applies to us too though, we need to remember to focus on what’s important, to keep our eyes on the prize.
This is something I say every morning because it just reminds me that God is my refuge and that He will protect me. It lets us know that we don’t have to be afraid of anything and it’s good to reassure ourselves of God’s promises. It doesn’t matter what’s going on around you, as long as you know your God and know that He can do anything.
An angel of the Lord let Paul know that he didn’t need to be afraid and that everyone on the boat would survive. Even though Paul told them that, some still tried to abandon the boat. Many times in our lives God confirms that everything will be okay but when the situation doesn’t look like it’s changing we try to take matters into our own hands. If those sailors would’ve abandoned the ship they would’ve died. How many times does God say go right and we go left and then something bad happens to us, we end up doing something we regret, etc. We need to learn how to be still and let God take control. It’s not expecting Him to do everything but allowing Him to guide us so that we can make the right decisions.
A lot of people feel as though they have a lot of time to get right with God so they continue to put it off, but I always tell people every day that you’re alive is another day that you have to give your life to God. Yes God loves us so He’s patient with us but don’t abuse His love because nobody knows when they’re going to die.
2 Peter 3:8-15
God’s waiting to give more time for sinners to repent, but even when it comes to sin we still need God’s help because none of us can ever overcome sin with our own strength. (1 John 5:4- for every child of God can obey Him, defeating sin and evil pleasure by trusting Christ to help him.)
Our old nature, our flesh will always want to do evil. When I would find myself constantly falling short in the same area I would really give myself a pep talk like: (God has already won the battle, I don’t have to do this, if God has already delivered me from this I need to stay delivered.) Christ has already set us free so no matter what your flesh wants to do remind yourself that you’re now a new creation in Christ. Greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world. (John 4:4)
(James 1:2-4- Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.) I️ like this verse because it’s so true, whenever you’re being tested, it’s a chance for you to bed led by the spirit or led by your flesh. You ask God to help you with your patience and He will test you. Ask God to help you with your anger and He’s going to purposely give you a situation and see if you act on anger or not. Any time you pray to God for something, expect to Him answer it, even if it’s not the answer you want. God helps us, but He still expects us to work too, He will not do everything for us.
2 Peter 1:1-11
We don’t just get saved and that’s it, we must actually work on being a better Christian daily.
There are a lot of times in our life where we feel like God isn’t moving fast enough but we need to always remember to be still and know that He is God.