Romans 5:3-5 tell us – “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Waiting is always difficult and so often we feel it’s wasted time. Patience can be difficult to find in many situations.
Some waiting pet hates:
* Waiting in a doctor’s surgeries, especially when the doctor is getting close to being an hour late.
* Being stuck in traffic.
* Waiting in a queue at the supermarket.
* Waiting for that important phone call or email.
And my favourite:
* Being kept ‘on hold’ on a phone call so you can speak to the right person/department after pressing numbers in reply to mechanical voices.
Maybe you can add more of your own pet hates that take all the patience you can muster.
There is the struggle of waiting patiently on the Lord’s timing too. We need to be aware that our waiting is a human factor that can be both aggravating and disappointing.
Someone told me once that “wait” is God’s middle name. Is God always the instigator of waiting? Does he use these waiting times for His glory and purpose? Answers to these questions can cause further frustration in the waiting game, but God can use all these kinds of waiting to build patience for His Glory.
Galatians 6:9 says: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
Father, teach me patience through your Word. Help my experiences teach me patience. I can’t always see You working in the times of waiting. Help me take a look back after situations to see that You were there all the time and that your timing is always perfect.
© Chrissy Siggee 2018
Scripture Verses used are from the King James Version of the Bible