Patience is a virtue. All of us have heard that saying so many times in our lives. The initial definition to be patient is to endure discomfort without complaint. This calls into play some other virtues, specifically, self-control, humility, and generosity.
Starting from the age of 3 most children are told to “be patient” when they are waiting in line for something or a turn at having a toy. At that age, it can seem like forever to them. As we grow we learn from what we are taught and the outcomes of being patient. For example, perhaps we want to get to point A to C quickly in our car without having to wait at a light and miss the traffic in town, then plan the shortest route less traveled. But, remain patient when you do have to sit at a light without any complaining. Many people are anxious for prayers to be answered right away on their time and done their way. That will not give you a positive result but added frustration. Take a look at Galatians 5:22-23.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Having faith and being patient means you do not complain! Jesus didn’t complain when his followers were lacking faith and wanting an immediate answer rather than waiting and doing so quietly with no grumbling, complaining or whining. In spite of Jesus’ miracles and words of wisdom, they were focused on themselves and wavered in their belief about who he really was. To say that was uncomfortable for Jesus would be an understatement. Yet do we find him railing at his disciples over their foolishness and stupidity? Or making fun of them when they make mistakes? Jesus’ refusal to complain about his disciples is generous. In spite of their vice and thick-headedness, he remained no less committed to them and served them increasingly as their failures became more outstanding.
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord, is at hand. James 5:7-8 ESV
Patience can be very hard when you don’t have the faith present. Daily I place any concerns or burdens at Jesus’s feet and know that He has a plan and I need to sit and be still and allow Him to do his work. Yes, grant it at times I catch myself grumbling and becoming anxious when a prayer or a miracle needs to be addressed, but in my heart, I have peace and that alone is comforting for me.
Written by Tamera Boynton