Yes, Patience Can Be Learned!

you must have patience to be used by god

Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.   -Barbara Johnson-

One thing I have found out the hard way is you absolutely must learn patience if you intend to walk with God.

I used to be just about the most impatient person in the world. When I decided I wanted something, I absolutely could not rest until I got it, or at least I didn’t think I could. I sewed a lot when I was younger, and one night I thought I just had to have a new outfit for the next day. I started cutting out the pattern at 9 that night and got through with the outfit about 2 the next morning. I might have been tired the next day, but I had my new outfit. That is just one example among many that come to my memory of what an impatient person I used to be.

I found it hard to think of anything else at all once I decided to do a certain thing. I also thought that my “wants” were so important that others should drop what they were doing to help me achieve them. My Mom is probably the one that got the worst of the deal on that one, because I frequently expected her to drop everything and help me out.

When I really started to seek God and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal His plans to me, I quickly discovered that no amount of begging or pleading would force Him to make something happen one minute earlier than He had planned.

It’s crazy to think that I as a mere human would even think of trying to force God to change His plans just because of my impatience, even though I didn’t think of it that way at the time. I certainly had no idea of the Character of God and at the time didn’t know Him on a personal level very well at all.

When I look back on those times, I can see how much I have grown in the area of patience. Now I know that “waiting” is something I will always have to do well in order to follow God with all my heart.

Psalm 25: 21

Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.

Psalm 27: 14

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 37: 7

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Isaiah 40: 31

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

These are only a few verses of the 125 the concordance listed for the word “wait.”. Some of them talk in the context of “lying in wait for something or someone,” but either way one would have to learn to be patient to achieve their goal, even if it was to do harm to another. I have read in history books where people planned for months or even years to get every last detail worked out for a wartime attack in a strategic place; so how much more should we as Christians learn to wait for God’s best.

Just in the four verses above, the Bible says you will be blessed if you will wait on God instead of trying to work things out for  yourself. I know from many years of experience that this is not an easy thing to do, especially if you are as impatient as I used to be.

I do not at all mean to imply that “waiting” is always easy, because it isn’t. Sometimes I want to work things out in my own way and do it RIGHT NOW, but from some hard-learned experience I know that I will just be asking for trouble in the long run. It is much better to wait than mess things up and it take God even longer to straighten out the mess I have made.

If you are an impatient person waiting will be hard, but you will never be sorry if you wait on God to bring things to pass in His time. If have found that I really can trust God with every decision I make each day.

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This post written by Cathy Deaton.

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My name is Cathy Deaton, Owner of Fan the Flame Ministries. God has radically changed my life, and He has shown me that I am to share the awesome things I am learning with the Millennial Generation (1981 – 1996), but I love connecting with Christians of all ages.  I have found that the Holy Spirit is an awesome teacher when I listen to, obey, and apply what He teaches to my life. You truly can make a difference for God in an uncertain world.