This morning I was determined to wait on the Lord. He called me to silence my busy mind and listen only to Him. I sternly told myself I would not even leave my bed until I’ve heard from Him. I fought with every fiber of my being to be silent and listen. I wish I could tell you I had immediate success in this but like an untrained puppy without a leash, it did not take long for my mind to begin drifting elsewhere. Even if we lose the first few fights, we cannot accept defeat. The Word confirms that as we draw closer to Him, He draws closer to us! Like a magnet we must inch closer to that magnetic range where our Creator can then pull us deeper into intimacy. By faith we enter into the presence of our God and with gentle patience; we remain there. We are living in times of constant stimuli. From our consumerism to our entertainment sources, everything is becoming increasingly fast-paced. We are overstimulated and under rested. This has become a subtle attack on our time of intimacy with our passionately loving Father. The more we are mentally conditioned to be accustomed to instant validation/pleasures, the more we will need to fight for patience during our time with the Lord. Dear friend, note that I am not exposing this conflict to stir up any discouragement. We know that since we abide in the one true vine, Yeshua, we have everything we can possibly need to live the life of love that He’s called us to. Therefore, these obstacles certainly should not intimidate, but they also shouldn’t go by unnoticed.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint
being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;Colossians 1:11
You will keep perfectly peaceful the one whose mind remains focused on you, because he remains in you
I feel a tad goofy admitting this but I’ve technically been working on this one particular post for months. I could acutely sense the Holy Spirit pulling me to write words of encouragement to His people regarding patience. I was going in circles racking my brain, trying so hard to deeply dissect this entity called patience. We all know the definition, but where does it really sprout from? Scripture describes it as one of the fruits of the spirit, a distinct attribute of love. It can manifest as such a lovely, fragile and soft positioning of the heart. Yet, it is also used as a powerful weapon by our Father. The more I attempted to write about it, the less I seemed to understand. With that, I apologize if this does not flow too well because I am frankly flying by with nothing but faith that he’ll fill in the gaps. If there is anything of value to take away here, our God is faithful to bless it and highlight it so that it will stay with you.
Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
One way to uncover a deeper understanding of patience is to examine it’s opposing force, impatience. When we are impatient it is usually due to the fact that we are reacting to the world around us from very self-focused point of view. When operating from a mindset of insecurity that comes from lacking (time, resources, expected results) we experience this discomfort in the form of impatience. We want to feel in control. Imagine you’re running late for work and there is car in front of you that is driving exceptionally slow. You catch yourself slipping into a state of frustration; they are going to make you late. Impatience seems like a perfectly natural response to such a circumstance! Yet this type of thinking is actually hostile to God. It is carnal and should be denied as soon as it surfaces ones mind. Conversely, to have patience in a moment like this is to submit your life, worries, sense of control and doubt to the Father fully. Observe the nature of a loving mother with their small children. She’s in the process of teaching them to read. Patience comes naturally because although the mother lacks control concerning the speed in which the child will learn, they are not focused on themselves in this moment. They are approaching this situation with kindness and understanding toward the child, making their needs the main focus. I am fully convinced we will peer into lofty places in the spirit when we consistently seek, pursue and grab ahold of the precious gift of a patient heart. I’ve attached a quote from Luke below. In the midst of struggling to understand what the Father was trying to teach me, this particular passage unlocked many doors in my mind and heart.
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”Luke 10:25-37
All three of these men were on that same road, traveling from point A to B. There is nothing here indicating that the travel plans of the Samaritan were any less pressing than the plans of the Priest or the Levite. The compassion and kindness in the Samaritan mans heart led him to react to this delay in his plans with such great patience.
If I may, I would like to leave you with a challenge. To take some time to pause your life and just be alone with our Creator. To abandon your own ideas of what defines the term patience. Ask Him to reveal what it really means to bear the fruit of patience.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”Colossians 3:12
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.James 5:7-8