This summer I went through a period where God was revealing to me that there were certain things that I needed to work on. These things were patience, jealousy, anger, and pride. I spent a week studying each topic, and every day I found a new scripture that related to the topic.
I’ve noticed recently that I’m still struggling a little bit with patience so I took another look at the scriptures and my notes. I decided to share them with you all just in case there’s anybody who is also having a hard time being patient and waiting on God’s timing.
Exodus 14:14: The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
This scripture does not talk specifically about patience, but there is an underlying message that in order to be still when things aren’t going the way you want them to, you have to be patient. When you are patient, there is no reason to anguish or be anxious. A lot of times, us Christians tend to have anxiety about troubling situations that we have but Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” It’s the trusting of God and knowing that all things are working for your good that will allow you to be patient.
Ecclesiastes 7:8: The end of a thing is better than its beginning; the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
I took away from the scripture that if I am patient and I wait for God, the end result is better than I could have ever expected. Often times when we get into trouble we become anxious and impatient wanting God to fix it right away. Instead, we should be patient and know that the light at the end of the tunnel is brighter than anything we could’ve imagined. We need to stop concerning ourselves with why God closed one door and start preparing for the next door that he will open. We get so caught up on the WHY instead of just saying thank you because God is not going to send you somewhere that you are not ready to go. Our footsteps are ordered and he already has a plan for our lives. When something doesn’t work out the way we want it to, our immediate response should be to praise God, say thank you, and ask how can you prepare for the next steps. For some reason, we have this longing for immediate gratification but this is what leads us to be impatient. You must be content in any situation and continue to praise and thank God because His plan is always greater than our plan.
Romans 15:5: May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.
I noticed that during the first few days of me studying patience, I found scriptures that more so dealt with being patient with God. I feel like I’m okay with being patient with God because I’ve gotten to the point where I understand that his will is greater than mine. I do have a hard time being patient with the people around me.This scripture was a good one for me to study because it tells me that I should have the same patience, understanding, and encouragement with others that God has with me. It’s so hard for me to have the patience with others because they don’t think the same way that I do or make the decisions that I wish they would. But isn’t that how God feels about me when I don’t listen or make the decisions that He would like me to make? He has to have endurance and patience to deal with my decisions every day, and he does it with love. I call myself a Christian so it is important for me to act like Christ and care for others as He cares for me.
Colossians 3:12: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
As “God’s chosen people”, it is our responsibility to demonstrate his love through ourselves. People tend to see God through the people who preach and minister his goodness, so it is our job to display the full kindness, gentleness, and patience of God in our everyday lives. Ask yourself this, if you were a nonbeliever and you met someone who claimed to be a Christian as you currently do, would you want to give your life to Christ? Does your demonstration of patience make others want to learn more about Christ? I know mine doesn’t. This is why it is so important for us to know what God’s word says about patience so that we can use it to draw more people into his Kingdom.
Galatians 6:9: And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
I chose this scripture for the last day because I feel like it is what I needed to continue pushing this whole week. For some reason, I always start so excited to read the word of God and to hear what He has to say, but then I let my flesh take over and tell me that I’m too tired or I’ll do it later and I just fall off. I don’t want that to be the case now. I didn’t do my devotion for day five and six until the day that I was supposed to put this post up. I also didn’t put this blog up when it was supposed to. How can I expect God to bless me with anything when I can’t even be consistent with reading and meditating on his Word?
I thought this scripture was good for me because it tells me to not only be patient with God or others, but to also be patient with myself. I’m human and I’m nowhere close to perfect but I have to constantly make that effort. It’s going to be hard when I see other people receiving blessings and they don’t have any relationship with God, but I must not grow weary because my time will come. You reap what you sow and you get out what you put in. I must put in the work to strengthen my relationship with God if I want to reap the blessings that he has for my life. I can’t give up when things get hard or I’m not getting the results that I want to see right away.
It’s always so funny to me when things come back full circle. Lately I’ve been so caught up with stats and numbers, and researching how I can get more traffic. I had to take a step back and ask myself why I wanted more traffic and views. Was it so God could get the glory or was it because I wanted to be praised? I had to remember why I started blogging in the first place and this helped me to do that.
I first started my blog this summer on Blogger, but I didn’t promote it all so it was honestly more like a diary. This was one of the posts that I had on there and at the end I wrote this:
At one point this week I felt like I should stop with the posts about strengthening my relationship with God because nobody was going to read them. Today I realize that I’m not writing these posts for other people. I’m writing these to give God the glory and to just talk about how good He is. If nobody ever reads this post I will be content because I know that God sees it and He knows my heart. I hope that whoever is reading this right now doesn’t give up evangelizing and telling people about the goodness of Jesus Christ.
That is still my hope and prayer today. Happy blogmas!