Remember when your parents would say to you ‘wait and see’ and we swore we’d never say it to our kids? We wanted answers now, and things to be done now; we just don’t like to wait!
Why is patience such a virtue when it’s so uncomfortable and, for some people, imparts a degree of suffering? It is hard not to rush ahead to find solutions and not seek God’s way. We can become frustrated, anxious and angry at what is happening to us and to those around us.
We must be patient in the lock-down situation we’re now in. It is the way in which we wait which produces patience, and patience is one of the ‘fruits of the spirit’. (Galatians 5:22-23)
In the Bible there are many examples of people having to be patient.
Abraham and Sarah were well past childbearing age to have a son.
Joseph had to wait through imprisonment and the kings’ service to become a great leader of his people.
Noah was told to build an ark in a dry land. He had to wait many decades for the rain to arrive. When the flood came he isolated patiently in the ark, and when he docked on Mount Ararat, he still had to wait.
The crisis we are experiencing has not caught God off-guard, and God does not change, even though change is all around us. He has not left us, and He has not forgotten us.
How do we learn patience?
We may not see progress or change in our circumstances; but we are called to continue the work He has called us to do.
Give all your anxieties to God in prayer; place them in Jesus’ hand, because He promises to give us peace.
Think on and memorise Bible verses and recall them in difficult times.
Fix your eyes on Jesus and not on your circumstances.
Be sensitive to your mood, and notice when your thinking is negative. Engage in activities and hobbies that give you pleasure (within the confines we are in).
God still wants us to enjoy our lives.
We are encouraged to let ‘patience do her perfect work’.