Patience

Since I am reading about the patience of Job and patience is the fruit of the spirit that I am still working on; I decided to look up patience in this book that I am reading. Here is the excerpt on patience:

David had learned from many years of difficulties what it meant to wait patiently for the (Most High). When enemies surrounded him, he reminded himself again to wait on Yah for his deliverance. He wrote in Psalm 27:14:

Wait patiently for the Most High. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Most High.

Patience does not come naturally to most people. Galatians 5:22-23 tells us it is a gift from the Holy Spirit (Set-apart Spirit).

But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law.

Yah wants us to endure, so he will give us all the patience we need! Paul (Shaul) prayed this for his fellow believers in Colosse, just as we should pray for patience for one another. Colossians 1:11 gives us the words to pray:

We also pray that you will be strengthened with His magnificent power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need.

Waiting is difficult in a hurried, fast-paced world. Waiting is frustrating for impatient people. We want answers and service and money and success and healing…NOW! But Yah says to have patience, to wait for Him and His timing.

That makes sense, of course. Yah knows us, He knows the future and His timing is perfect. Of course we should wait. Of course we should endure. Of course we should listen for His voice and follow His guidance.

Instead, we rush headlong into life. Then we wonder why we struggle and fear. Waiting for the Most High means recognizing His wisdom, admitting His sovereignty and submitting to His control. Waiting involves prayer, talking to Yah about our dilemmas and decisions and pouring out our feelings. (Me: Remember when Rachyl cried to Yah in prayer for children?) But as we wait, Yah gives us strength and courage to meet the challenges before us.

Looking for a quick fix? Immediate gratification? Easy answers? Instead, wait for the Most High and ask Him to give you the patience you need.

Further study:

  1. Patience is valuable: Proverbs 25:15
  2. Patience is better than pride: Ecclesiastes 7:8
  3. Patience demonstrates love: 1 Corinthians 13:4
  4. Believers are to be patient with each other: Ephesians 4:2

Speaking of being patient with each other…when I was a child, my mom loved this singer named Albertina Walker. Albertina Walker sung this song, spiritual called “please be patient with me.” I sung that song so much I still remember it to this day. I think my mother played the song more often, because she knew that I loved it so. Or maybe she was trying to tell me something (about myself)? Back then I didn’t know that the song is based on the scriptures Ephesians 4:2 and Job 23:10. Here is a portion of the lyrics but now I delete the pagan title out of my mind when I sing it:

Please be patient with me, Yah is not through with me yet— Please be patient with me Yah is not through with me yet— OH-oh, when Yah gets through with me— When Yah gets through with me— I shall come forth— I shall come forth— I shall come forth as pure gold.

I wish that one day some group of singers will re-do this song and put Yah’s name there. HalleluYah. Amein.

 

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