It is hard to be patient when you have waited for so long for something. But you are not waiting on God he is waiting on you. We have to learn to be patient with ourselves and stay the course. You don’t have the life you want yet because you are not the person you need to be yet. You have not met the requirements for God’s promise. You may be asking yourself what have I not done? What did I miss? I often ask myself the same questions. I feel like I have done all I can do to turn my life around but I’m still not where I need to be. Then one day it hit me. When you have done all you can then its time to be patient and wait on God.
You can get all the ingredients for a dish and do all the prep, but when the recipe calls for the dish to simmer you have to wait. Sometimes you have to let things marinate and ferment. You can’t rush greatness, and you can’t hurry God. Patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. You have to be humble, thankful and grateful while also being patient.
We as Christians have to become more virtuous. We are so quick to ask but we are slow to give. When I say give I don’t mean your ten percent in the church offering I mean to give of yourself. God wants your heart and your time, not your money. Now I’m not saying to not pay your tithes, you are supposed to pay tithes. Tithes are not for God though they are for the furthering of the ministry and for the support of the helpless. Paying tithes is not going to secure you a seat in heaven, faith does that and faith without works is dead.
Genesis chapter nineteen talks about Lot and his family in Sodom and Gomorrah.
say’s 26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
We all have a Sodom and Gomorrah in our lives that God is trying to save us from. Some of us are still looking back to our old lives and the bible say’s a double-minded mind is unstable in all his ways. I know that you get weary waiting because I get weary. But when God says don’t turn around you can’t look back. There is a promised land waiting for you on the other side of your trials but have to keep moving forward. God is testing you right now.
say’s 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
God wants a ride or die he needs somebody real. He wants someone who is down for better or worse. He wants someone who will praise him through sickness and health. God wants to know that when things get hard you aren’t going to leave and go back to your ex. If you were about to give someone everything they want and need wouldn’t you want to know that loved you for real? So many people get into God and church because they think Christianity is some kind of magic spell. You can’t just pay your tithes and shout then expect a blessing if you still aren’t living right. Salvation is free.
1 Samuel 16:7
say’s but the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
say’s 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean.’
If you are waiting on God you have to be real because he will weed out the ones who aren’t really for him. Like I said God is testing you, he is testing your faith.
say’s 6 But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Faith is complete trust or confidence in someone or something. You will suffer because suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character and character produces hope. When you have hope you can have faith.
say’s now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
God is planting you by the water and giving you time to grow. There is old spiritual that says a tree that is planted by the water cannot be moved. The bible says ’s a man that delighted in the law of the Lord shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. When construction workers build a house they put down a foundation first and then they wait for that foundation to settle before they start to build. God is building something inside of you so be patient because anything worth having is worth waiting for.
© 2015 Aquila Taite
8 You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord, is at hand.