James 1:4&5, “But let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him”
Nearly everyone struggles with patience. The more I walk with the Lord the more I learn that God is not in a hurry. Read about delivering the Israelites, raising David, Joseph, Paul, Abraham etc. and you will see this trend with God. If God was not patient with us, we would all be gone tomorrow.
Patience is awaiting God’s timing without doubting His love and ability to do something. Patience is not caught or taught in classrooms, it’s learnt and mastered in the sea of life. I struggled with this for years but then by God’s grace I began to master it as the life itself taught me how to live it. I’m still learning. People can be patient if they know how long it will take and what it will take, but can we be patient if we have no clue as to when and how? You can tell the impatient by what is coming out of their mouths, Luke 6:45, “…of the abundance of the heart, the mouth does speak”
The text given tells us to “let patience have it’s perfect work”, you cannot hurry patience and/or dictate it. By itself it can do what needs to be done. The bible says that patience is one of the fruit of the spirit. If you are lacking patience in your life, you are missing one of the most important fruit. Patience brings about good when allowed to perform a surgery. It will do its own tests, discover the weakness and allow certain things to come our way to make us wait longer and the more we wait the more our attitude is adjusted. Patient people are never frustrated when things don’t go right. They are not fast to draw conclusions.
Patience will perfect and complete you lacking nothing only if you allow it to do so. Good illustration, when people fly, it reaches a time they are informed of the landing. The passengers begin to prep themselves for landing. Sometimes the pilot may announce a delay for reasons like weather, planes taking off or other things that bring about hold. You should see some people’s faces before they start to complain, murmur. Does this sound familiar? Some may ask if the plane has enough fuel to stay in the air (on hold) and the truth, the airlines project such delays and grace themselves with enough fuel to put them on hold position
I want us to know that if God puts us on hold position, He has filled us with enough fuel (grace) to keep us in hold position. The landing is not denied, only delayed for our own good. No need to be frustrated because you don’t have what you requested, your patience is required for safe landing. Walking with Christ requires patience, Hebrews 12:1&2 “…let us run with patience the race set before us looking unto Jesus the author and the perfector of our faith”. This goes even for calling into ministry, as you wait patiently for His time, you will learn more patience even to deal with people when the door for ministry opens. I was led into ministry 5years after I became a believer. It was not easy to wait but I had enough fuel to put me on hold position and when I landed, my runway had been cleared. I am still allowing patience to do it’s perfect work in me.
Now if you lack wisdom on how to be patient, ask the Lord “who gives to all men wisdom liberally and without approach, and it will be given to you”. You pray for patience you are asking for something you don’t know for in the next few hours, you may hit the heaviest traffic that will test your patience. That friend, workmate or boss will really test your patience. Don’t crush your plane simply because you were not allowed to land in your time, know that God will equip you with enough grace to PUT YOU ON HOLD POSITION. Blessings Ev