Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
This week, a PI Girl discussed waiting on God, patience (the “P” word) and focusing on Jesus in the waiting zone.
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The word patience is something that is spoken about quite often, but doesn’t seem to sink in when we actually have to apply it in life. Do you agree, PI readers? Do you know that one of the fruits of the spirit is patience?
The word patience means “long suffering” or, in other words, “to suffer long.” None of us can gladly say we enjoy suffering. We all have a degree to which we can relate to some kind of pain or unwanted waiting periods in life. The Bible talks about how patience is a fruit of the spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, PATIENCE, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22)
Why is it important to be patient and wait on God? Part of the waiting process is to build our trust in God. Being patient teaches us to prolong instant gratification. In a society that demands instant access to the World Wide Web through the click of a button, and that tends to be a microwave society, patience can seem almost undesirable or foreign to us.
Do you want to stretch your faith and grow? Do you want a quick, short-term result or a longer lasting one?
Why Waiting on God and Being Patient Is Important
1. It reveals how much we trust God: When we are able to suffer long and build our character, we are showing the Lord that we believe He will come through. (Hebrews 11)
2. When we wait, we build our strength: As we wait, we will grow stronger in our endurance through suffering. Waiting helps mold us to be a more fruitful believer.
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
3. When we wait, it builds our character: As it says in Romans 5:3-5: “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
4. Waiting refines us: When we are tested and don’t get what we want immediately, it teaches us to be more thankful for what we have.
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. (Job 23:10)
5. Waiting increases our appreciation for our blessings: When we are tried in the fire to wait on God’s miracles, it causes us to have an attitude of gratitude and not to become entitled. Let us pray for God to move in His perfect timing, amen?
Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph’s character. (Psalm 105:19)
Just like a parent, God knows when to bestow His blessings on us and when to say no. God knows how much we can handle and when we need to trust Him. When we have to suffer long, we tend to lean into His presence more so than when everything is going smoothly.
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. (Romans 8:24-30)
When we suffer with Christ, the Bible says we will reign with Christ. God is not so much concerned in what we want, but what we need. He wants us to always trust Him, to search His Word, and to enter His gates with thanksgiving. God is always good regardless of whether we are suffering or are in lack or are in a season of abundance. When Jesus died on the cross, it was enough.
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
PI Girls, do you need prayer for patience? Comment below how you trust God in the waiting seasons.