We’re in the last few days of this month and our talk about the topic of patience. One of the most challenging topics when thinking about patience is waiting for God. Being how all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing, all-doing God is, it’s hard to understand why He wouldn’t rather resolve things sooner rather than later. Sure you can talk about the lessons we learn and timing not being right, but the longer things take to happen the more we worry that God didn’t hear us or that His answer is that He’s not going to do anything. Of course as I was thinking about how the month is ending it reminded me of our patience running out and what happens when we get there.
Sometimes when our patience runs out we act without thinking or do things that we’ve been thinking about for a while but haven’t decided to act on because we aren’t sure they’re the right thing to do. Sometimes we do the thing that we should have done all along and just didn’t have faith in ourselves to know what was really right, so it took reaching the end of our patience to make it happen. Other times reaching the end of our patience means we didn’t trust God’s timing and will enough to wait for Him to act. Knowing the difference and which one is right for your current situation isn’t easy.
As I was thinking about this I read 1 Thessalonians 5:24 which says “He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it.” So what’s the answer? The answer is to constantly work on your relationship with God so that you’re always ready to hear His guidance in when He’s telling you to act and when to wait. It may sound simple, but you know it’s not always easy to devote the time and attention to that relationship with everything else going on in your life. It means not just praying about the patience-related situation, but about other things that you and God are working on. It means reading passages from the whole Bible, while still returning to the one giving you peace, hope and encouragement right now. It means attending meetings, seminars and classes and services about more than just your current topic of struggle. It means reaching out and supporting others who are in need, not just focusing on your situation. What is God working on with you in your life and are you truly able to receive His leading?