A Fresh Look at Patience
Patience is a virtue, well not exactly. It is actually a fruit of the spirit. Wisdom produces fruit. Proverbs 19:11 "A person's wisdom yields patience."
There's more involved than just being able to be calm and control your temper in certain situations, you need Godly wisdom.
I have always considered myself a very patient person. Then one day, to my surprise, I woke up and I was edgy and not my usual patient self. This was about the same time I was diagnosed with pre menstrual dystrophy disorder. My first reaction was why, why, why? When I have questions or I am seeking answers, I read the Bible. During times of trials or challenges, I read my favorite book of the Bible, Job.
The saying, "The Patience of Job" comes from the 18th book of the Bible. To understand what that phrase means, let's refer to Webster Dictionary. Patience is the will or ability to wait without complaint; steadiness, endurance or perseverance in the performance of a task.
Job had lost everything and his friends were giving him bad advice, worldly wisdom. Read the story to fully understand the magnitude of his situation. Job, in spite of all his suffering, had the will to wait without complaining. In the midst of all his suffering, he endured and persevered.
Our pastor preached on this topic and he said God was working out His purpose in Job's life. He also said, "That which test your patience might be what God wants to use most in your life." Just knowing God might be using my situation to work his plan in my life gave me peace about the situation. No matter how patient I thought I was there might be areas I needed to reassess and I needed to seek thoseGod's plan for my life during my quiet time.
We are reminded in Colossians 3:12 "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." In order to do that we need to depend on Godly wisdom which consist of being gentle, humble and patient. The world wisdom might be motivated by the flesh, to feed self ambition or maybe self-centered. We live in a fast paced world, high speed internet, wave and go check-out, fast forward through commercials, and the list goes on. Impatience is fueled by this fast paced society.
Slow down and smell the roses takes on an entirely new meaning when you think in terms of Godly wisdom.
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