Find Rest: Wait with Patience

“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:4.

We spend a lot of time in our lives waiting because change is a process. Many people want change, but they don’t want to go through the waiting process. But the truth is, waiting is a given —so, we are going to wait. The question is, are we going to wait the wrong or right way? If we wait the wrong way, we’ll be miserable; but if we decide to wait in God’s way, we can become patient and enjoy the wait. It takes practice, but as we let God help us in each situation, we develop patience, which is one of the most important Christian virtues. According to Galatians 5:22, Patience is a fruit of the Spirit. It’s developed only under trial, so we must not run from difficult situations. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.

As we develop patience, the Bible says we finally feel completely satisfied—lacking nothing. Even our relationship with God involves progressive changes. My relationship with God is so much different now than it was in the early days of my Christian experience. It is not nearly as emotionally exciting… and yet it is better than ever, with essential joy supply for each day and sufficient for Christ-like lifestyle, even in wealth. Every change I’ve gone through has made me more mature, solid and well-grounded. We learn to trust God by going through many experiences that require trust. By seeing God’s faithfulness over and over, we let go of trusting ourselves, and gradually we place our trust in Him. Most times, He does things we didnt even deserve nor asked for, while He answers speedily to matter of urgency, but looking at it like this, it is easy to see how timing plays an important part in learning to trust God. If He did everything we asked for immediately just too fast always, we would or otherwise may never grow and develop. So, Timing and trust work side by side, and I pray God to grant us the wisdom to wait and trust him still, and be blessed by Him for good in return hastily now, Amen! Shalom!

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