“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:4).
In today’s world of instant foods and fast cars, the instruction to be patient is not a very popular one. Especially when you bring in the notion that faith must be ‘now,’ the result is an anxious heart that does not trust God.
The Bible tells us several times to be patient. Patience is listed as a fruit of your regenerated spirit in Galatians 5:22. The believer has a patient attitude even in hard times. Rom_5:3:4 says: “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope.”
Did we just read that properly? ‘Patient in tribulation?’ So even when things are hard, you should be patient? Oh yes. It doesn’t mean that you should not believe for a change. But you must have the right disposition while waiting.
The Apostle Paul in Rom_15:4 says that “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” So when we look at Abraham, the father of faith, we see patience. You don’t think God has abandoned you because you’ve been waiting for a child and he hasn’t arrived yet.
You see the three Hebrew boys who even at the threat of the burning fiery furnace patiently waited for God’s intervention and refused to bow to another god. You see Jesus, who patiently endured the cross, despised the shame and is not seated at the right hand of God.
With these in mind, Hebrews 12: 1 rings true: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”