Have you ever been caught up in any web of impatience? I have been there before. Impatience is like a virus that eats up our faith. It clouds our hope and generates unnecessary heat within us. An impatient person sees days as decades and months as millenniums. An impatient mind feels a dream takes longer than necessary to be actualized and asks the question; “When will it ever happen?” Impatience makes the heart anxious over unanswered prayers, it is forever agitated. There is time for everything.
King Saul, out of impatience offered sacrifice to God which was not in his place to do, the effect? He was rejected by God, and that led to His disgraceful death. There are numerous accounts of impatience in the scriptures; none of them ended well. Many a times, impatience arises because, we put pressure on ourselves or, we allow pressure from the society to sink into us. Whichever way, being impatient is not God’s best for anyone.
God is a God of time and order. He requires us to uphold that very important Christian virtue; patience. The scripture tells us in Hebrews 10:36, “for ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise” You see no-matter how impatient we get about life; the clock will not tick faster than it has been programmed to. The sun will never set at midnight, nor would the moon shine in the daytime; No, they all must obey God’s aligned time and order.
Is your heart impatient over a prolonged answer to prayer? Are you anxious to hear that good news? I want to encourage you to wait patiently, take things easy and trust God’s faithfulness. Yes, God is faithful; He will fulfill all His promises to you, even if it tarries, only do not run ahead of His set time for you.
Renew your mind constantly with the word of God and set your eyes only on Jesus. Whenever your heart slips off into impatience, say this out to yourself: I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVETH! Psalm 27:13-14(NKJV) says, ‘I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!”
There is nothing like hoping in God, as it is what will keep us from fainting under all the calamities of this present time. Let us in humble resignation to His will, wait on the Lord, because those that wait upon the Lord have reason to be of good courage.
In our society and culture today, we like to have it “our way”, and we like to have it “now”. Whether we mean to or not, we often take this mentality when it comes to our faith. We look for God to answer us immediately and on the spot.
When we ask God where He wants us to go and what He wants us to do, we tend to expect an instant answer. We expect once we pray, questions are answered immediately, and then we can zoom off to the next task on our list. The problem with this mentality is that we lose heart if we do not get our answers right away. When we lose heart, we tend to pray on it less and less; to the point where we will then make a decision from our flesh, and not in the Spirit.
God sometimes responds immediately to our prayer request, yet often, He is the God who enjoys a good slow cooking. Let’s be honest, we know that meals that are slow cooked comes out better than that of a microwave. God wants to transform our minds to see things His way, and to think as He thinks. To do this, it sometimes takes a slow cooking process.
Let us then wait upon our Lord, and wait with patience and endurance. Let us continue to seek His presence and call upon Him to help us with all of life’s decisions. Let us not rush our Lord, but let Him guide us on His ways, for His ways are perfect and righteous, as He is perfect and righteous. Let us not lose heart, but lean on Him more and more each and every day.
Most importantly, let us learn to pray to the Lord to help us to not to look for the instant and the now, but to wait upon Him, abiding in Him, soaking in His Spirit as He transforms and guides us in this life.
Let us humbly serve the Lord and not ourselves. And let our thoughts, actions, and words glorify the God of time and order.