Most Christians have no idea how powerful patience actually is. They think it’s just a nice quality. But, the fact is, patience is the overcoming force that keeps us going in situations that otherwise would stop us cold. It’s patience, for example, that will see you through from the time you pray and release your faith for your healing…to the time when that healing is a manifested reality in your body. It’s patience that will take you from the moment you believe and confess by faith that your bills are paid…to the time when the money is finally in your account and you’re writing the checks.
Contrary to popular belief, however, patience isn’t simply putting up with a situation. It isn’t hanging on by your fingernails until the bitter end. No, biblical patience is much greater than that. Patience is the force that keeps you from fainting under pressure. It is the quality that does not surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial. Patience girds up your faith when it’s under pressure. It refuses despondency even when conditions are dark, and holds to hope instead.
Patience suffers long and remains steadfast when distress and trouble come. It endures ill treatment without anger or thought of revenge. Patience keeps your faith from folding up when the going gets tough.
No matter what, patience just won’t quit.
“That sounds great, Gloria,” you may say. “But I don’t have that kind of patience!”
If you’ve made Jesus the Lord of your life you do! It’s a fruit of the Spirit and God equipped you with it the moment you were born again. He placed it into your recreated human spirit right along with the other fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-23).
God didn’t just give you any old type of patience, either. He imparted to you His very own patience, and The Amplified Bible says He is extraordinarily patient. God has what it takes to get through hard times. He has the power to persevere until circumstances line up with His Word. And because you’re born of His Spirit, you have that power too!
You may be thinking, Where is all this wonderful patience I’m supposed to have? I certainly haven’t seen much evidence of it in my life!
It’s waiting inside you for you to yield to it.
You see, just as water won’t flow from a faucet unless you open the valve and let it through, the reservoir of patience God has put within you won’t flow unless you release it by an act of your will. As James 1:4 says you must “let patience have her perfect work.” In other words, the force of patience won’t go to work until you let it!
-Well Worth the Wait