The idea of patience has really been on my heart lately. Not only am I impatient with our current “fall” (aka 90º) weather, but also working toward goals that aren’t quite flourishing yet. There’s always a reason to feel like we’re in a season of waiting, so here I am practicing and learning about patience. If you feel like you fall under that category too, I encourage you to read these few passages…
References are from the NIV.
The first passage I want to look at is Romans 8. There are three headings throughout the chapter:
- Life Through the Spirit – When we govern ourselves with worldly desires, we are not fulfilling the purpose we were created to have. We are also not really living. The life referred to can only be lived through the Spirit, and sometimes that means waiting for a call (verses 5-6).
- Present Suffering and Future Glory – Isn’t it true that in the moment we really can’t always see the good that can come of our current situations? Read over verses 20 and 21 a few times. “Subject to frustration…” We never know how long that wait is going to last, but “if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently…and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose” (verses 25 and 28).
- More Than Conquerors – “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (verse 31). Now open to Romans 8:37-39. Highlight that. Write it on a note card. He waits patiently for us, so why can’t we just wait patiently?
Jeremiah 29:11 is just one of those verses. By that I mean everyone knows it, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” What could we possibly be anxious for when we know God’s got it?
I have big dreams and big goals, and I am working hard toward those goals. But it’s so easy to get discouraged when we don’t see instant results. Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us to be patient, because He has something in store for us that is even better than anything we could ever imagine. That is if we choose to serve and follow Him, “you will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (verse 13).
I will conclude in Lamentations, chapter 3.
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord (verses 25-26).
I see a theme here. We are repeatedly told to wait quietly for the Lord, or wait patiently for the Lord… It’s not because He has to figure things out and get back to us. He wants us to trust Him, and look for Him in our daily joys and struggles.
Being in a stuck mindset isn’t a bad thing. It just happens sometimes. How we learn to handle the waiting game is the important part. I challenge you to journal about the things you are waiting on, and then find some scripture you can refer to that reminds you to be patient. “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him.”