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Romans 8:28 NASB
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.”
Patience is something that’s easy to talk about, but hard to practice. After two years at In Triumph (The ministry I live in) I have grown impatient in my walk with Christ. I haven’t understood why things seem to take so long, and why I haven’t grown more In Christ. Recently, by the grace of God, I have noticed how I throw hard thoughts towards the providence of God. Ah Yes, when things don’t hurry up and grow, I hurry up and whine.
I really do struggle with being impatient when things don’t go the way I want them to. When dark days roll into my conscience, and I can’t seem to lay hold of the gospel, I grow impatient with my Lord, and his providence. This is a kicking against the goads because The Lord works everything out according the counsel of His will and nothing comes from His hand by accident. (Eph.1:11) In so many words, when I grow impatient towards the Lord’s will, I bite the very hand that feeds me.
Romans 8:28 tells us that God works all things together for good to those who love Him, and are called according to his purpose. Whatever comes my way externally or internally will eventually be worked out for my salvation. The best medicine I can take for my lack of patience is submission. His providence must be accepted whether it comes sweet or bitter, and I must kiss the hand that feeds it to me.
I want to encourage the elect of God to not give up. We are called to persevere and practice patience while on this narrow road. I don’t like waiting anymore than anyone else does, but there is no escaping my Lord’s will, so I might as well submit to it. The old saying goes that good things come to those who wait, if Christ waited almost thirty years for the cross, then who am I to complain?
In closing, I find it hard to be impatient in my Christian walk when I drop my entitlement mentality. If I see myself as someone who has worked so hard, and waited so long in my Christian life, I will find myself impatiently bitter. But If I humbly accept the truth that all I deserve from the Lord is hell, everything else seems like a plus. Wait and wait on if it means salvation. The Word of God never tells us that we will not have persecutions and tribulations in this world. We are called to endure till the end, and to not take our hand off the plow.( Matt. 24:13; Luke 9:62) Like Charles Spurgeon says, “An ounce of patience is worth a pound of brains.”
Sources: NASB Bible; The Essential Works of Charles Spurgeon edited by Daniel Partner.