I thought I would share with you what God is teaching me these days. I know that many people struggle with patience and the Lord had few things to tell me personally about my own impatience. If you struggle in this area, perhaps something that I share, may help you to embrace patience...
"But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing." James 1:4 (Amplified Bible)
About two weeks ago, I took a walk to the Christian bookstore and before I set a foot in the store, I prayed "Lord, if there is a book in this store that you would have me read, please don't let me leave the store without it".
As I browsed through the books, I picked one by Andrew Murray called "Waiting on God" a 31 day devotional and as I read one of the devotions it hooked me. This devotion
was not just about waiting on God, but also about a God who waits on us. It sparked a question in my mind "could God be waiting on me?" I was eager to learn more, so I purchased the book.
Andrew Murray says that "Gods waits so that He may be gracious to us". The Lord has been most patient with me just like a farmer who waits for his crops to ripen. He states "it is a blessing when a waiting soul and a waiting God meet each other. God cannot do His work without His and our waiting for His time." This scenario of a waiting soul and a waiting God described my exact situation in my relationship with God.
The words of Andrew Murray caused me to kneel down in prayer and ask, "Lord are YOU waiting on me? At that very moment, I knew my waiting soul and waiting God met. While this was a blessed moment that led to a spiritual breakthrough, it was also painful because the Lord disciplined me.
"For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised." Hebrews 10:36
The Lord's Word spoke to me in Hebrews 10:36. He let me know that He was not pleased with my impatient ways and attitudes. He let me know that I had a need for patience. His discipline hurt; I cried, repented and He was gracious and forgave me. It comforts me to know that our Father disciplines those He loves (Hebrew 12:10). It hurts, but it is for our profit and His glory. The Lord then spoke to my heart and let me know that it was time for me to embrace patience.
Impatience has kept God from performing His work in my life. However, now that He has revealed my need for patience and as His grace enables me to embrace it, I feel like I have surrendered another part of myself to God. By surrendering, I have set Him free to perform His work and accomplish His perfect will in my life.....
I'm still amazed by all this, but I'm thankful that God revealed all of this to me.
Something to ponder. Is your impatience keeping God from performing His work and perfect will in your life?
Dee Cuadrado is a born again Christian married to a wonderful Muslim man. She says, "I met and married my husband during a time of my life when I didn't give much thought to spiritual matters. I had forgotten who the lover of my soul was. A couple of years into my marriage, I felt the Lord tugging on my heart and I could not resist HIM. I repented of my sins and I fell in-love with Jesus all over again. Shortly after this, the struggles of the unequally yoke began to emerge in my marriage. Thankfully the Lord has not left me hopeless. As I persist in prayer for the salvation of my husband, God's Holy Word offers me continuous encouragement and heavenly promises that fill me with joyful hope."