PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE

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“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith…” – Galatians 5:22 HCSB

We live in a culture of fast things – fast cars, fast internet, fast technology, fast money, fast this, fast that. Media isn’t helping matters as well; people who made it early in life are touted as the standard for others.

“Going through the process is for the ordinary”- the world preaches with its advertising campaigns. It says things like “why walk if you can fly?” While flying is good, walking is a miracle in itself. Why make unnecessary comparisons?

Isaiah said, “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:30‭-‬31 NKJV

This scripture shows us that no matter our age or efforts, waiting upon the Lord (patience) is the only thing that matters in the long run. He gives strength to the weary and if I may add, the patient.

Make no mistake, there’s nothing wrong with getting it right early in life. However, let it ring loud and clear in your mind that getting it fast does not necessarily mean getting it right. Going through the process is the sure way of getting things right.

Let me tell you a story. When I was much younger, my mother once tried to teach me how to plant beans. I was so excited at the prospect of planting that I kept checking on the seeds everyday to see if they had germinated.

If I had only watered the plant, perhaps my routine checks would have yielded results. Instead, I kept digging the soil back up to check for progress. You can guess by now that the seeds never grew! I was impatient.

In life, we have to learn to do our part and let God do the rest or we may never see results. This requires patience. Patience is indeed a virtue to imbibe.

The wonderful thing is it’s not only a virtue, it’s also a fruit of your regenerated spirit (Galatians 5:23). As a child of God, you have the ability to be patient. By the spirit of God, you are patient!

Finally, God’s time is better. God’s process is better. His way is the best. Learn to wait on Him.

Confession: “Father, I have committed my life into your hands. I trust your timing. I trust your ways. I will wait on You.”

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