I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD. [Psalm 27:14]
As we explore the fruit of the Spirit, each quality expresses itself so dynamically in our lives. Patience is this characteristic God develops within us that looks so many different ways. Most of us think about being patient with an annoying sibling or not lashing out in anger towards a messy roommate. And this is absolutely a part of patience. However, I think if we limit patience to being nice to people who annoy us, we are missing what God really wants to do deeper within our hearts.
As I read this verse in Psalm 27 and verses like it, I think about how bad I am at waiting on things. Our culture is so fast paced, and it affects us deeper than we might think—It’s more than just fast food and iPhones. If we are honest with ourselves, we are pretty bad at waiting. Every urge has to be satisfied, every goal seems to bring anxiety the longer it takes to be fulfilled. We have lost touch with things that require waiting, and we rush into things that God wanted us to wait for. Here’s the truth: the most important things God wants to build within you are going to take time.
Patience and faith are tied together. In other words, believe in the goodness of God, believe in the work of God in your life and in others. BELIEVE. Patience is faith that what is not will eventually be. Faith that God is going to work in your family. Faith that God is going to give you love for your roommate when they’re hard to love. Faith that your God-given dreams are there for a reason. Faith that God is worth you saying “no” now in order to say “yes” to something greater later.
Patience is not inactivity, it’s actually a really hard step of faith that we get to make over and over. That’s why we are called to be “brave and courageous.” My prayer for you and for me is that we believe and have faith in the goodness of God and patiently wait for the Lord.
God, thank You for who You are to me. Thank You for being a God who loves me fully and wholly. Lord, I just pray that You will give a fresh perspective on what patience looks like. Give me a grace to live in patience even when it’s hard. I thank You for loving me enough to call me higher into things like patience. God, I just ask that you hold my hand along the way. I love You. Amen.