The Battle of Waiting (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 61)
Romans 5:3 (NLT)
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.
One of the greatest battles we will ever fight is learning to develop patience. We don’t like to wait. We want everything now. We strive to make everything go our way. This is the way most of us live our lives — fighting to get situations to turn out in our favor and to get people to do what we want them to do. It’s an intense struggle, and one that most of us rarely win.
There are two things we can be assured of in this life. (1) We will run into problems and trials at some point on our journey; and (2) The problems and trials we endure will help us to develop patience. We learn patience best in the middle of our toughest conflicts. Patience isn’t learned when everything is going swimmingly. Why? Because we all can be at peace and rest when things are going our way. But it is the conflicts that enter our lives in which we have to intentionally learn from and embrace as God’s way of teaching us patience.
Patience is not something that just happens; we have to choose it with God’s help. When patience reigns in our lives, we are essentially telling our conflicts and our trials that God is in control and we are going to follow His guidance. Acknowledging God’s presence and His wisdom is the highest form of joy in the believer’s life. With God as the center, we can respond to conflicts and problems with joy not because we are always saintly in our position, but because we are allowing God to work in us.
Problems and problematic people are often sent into our lives not to harm us, but to help us learn patience. Instead of running from our problems and from the rough people in our lives, patience enables us to embrace them with an attitude of joy and a heart of humility and good understanding. When we attempt to avoid the trials of life, we miss valuable lessons that we can only be taught by going through those trials.
In the battle to learn patience, our heart is exposed for who we are. Pressure will either produce more problems or an abundance of patience. When we are willing to wait on God to work His plan through His will and in His way, we are opening the door for the best possible solution to come forth. Patience is not developed in the dark; it’s developed in the light, in the midst of difficulty, in the murkiness of problem-oriented people. Patience is trust on God and in God. When we trust His process, we are willing to wait for His will to come to pass.
“If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord’s people have always been a waiting people.”
— Charles Spurgeon