It’s only fair to warn you that patience is not always as easy as it may sound because patience is developed during tests and trials. You need it most when you want it least. Let’s look at what James has to say about it: “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:2-4).
Usually, when you’re in the midst of a trial, the last thing you feel like doing is counting it all joy. Naturally speaking, you’re not in the mood to jump and sing and rejoice over this opportunity to develop patience. But the truth is, you should. Why? Because if you’ll let patience have her perfect work, you’ll be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. Think about what that means! It means that if you’re battling illness and you let patience have her perfect work, you’ll end up in perfect health. If you’re in financial trouble, you’ll end up with all your needs perfectly met. It means you’ll end up with whatever the Word of God has promised you!
Hebrews 10 confirms that. Addressing a group of people who had been through an extremely fiery trial, it says:
Call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; Partly, whilst ye were made a gazing-stock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise (verses 32-36).
Read that last verse again: “Ye have need of patience, that…ye might receive the promise.”
You might as well know right now that if you want to enjoy the health, deliverance and prosperity God has promised you, you’ll have to let patience work. You’ll have to believe God when it’s hard to do. You’ll have to keep walking in faith when your flesh just wants to quit. That may sound negative, but it’s not. It’s just the truth. And if you know that truth, you can prepare yourself in advance for those hard times by deciding that when they come, you won’t give up.
You can train yourself for victory by starting right now to develop the force of patience you’ll need to make it through when the going gets tough.
-Well Worth the Wait