2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “For we walk by faith, not be sight.” Romans 1:17 is speaking about the gospel, it says, “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
When we ‘feel’ impatient, it is a sure sign that we are in our flesh. The feeling is a messenger to let us know that we have stepped out of faith, and to immediately course correct through a faith declaration like: You are my Masterful Orchestrator.
Patience is accepting and walking in God’s time table. His timing is impeccable. Remember, He speaks something, but then there is a waiting period before it is fulfilled. Think of Abraham and Sarah. It was 25 some years between God’s spoken word and its fulfillment.
I often read Romans 4:16-21. It fortifies my faith. Verse 16 says that the promise is of faith so it can be according to grace. Verse 17 says that God calls things that aren’t as though they are. Verse 19 says that Abraham didn’t consider his impossible circumstances: he was 100 and Sarah was beyond child bearing years. Then we go to verse 20. He did not waver in unbelief. Verse 21 says that he was fully convinced that God was able to do what He promised.
Faith is believing and embracing what God has said. First for salvation. Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Our daily walk is continuing to believe and speak God’s promises.
Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:13, “…we also believe and therefore speak.” If we listen to the words coming out of our mouth, we will understand what our heart truly believes. Paul was quoting from Psalm 116:10. It says, “I believed, therefore I spoke, I am greatly afflicted.” Our words are either death words or life-giving words. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
David said in Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight…” The Lord sees our heart. He knows every thought before we think it. Psalm 104:34 says, “May my meditation be sweet to Him…”
The Lord is always at work. Hebrews 13:21 says, “…working in you what is well pleasing in His sight…” I love Ephesians 1:11. It says, “…being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.” The word ‘according’ means in the same measure.
Therefore the Lord is always at work to produce His righteousness in us. He is using every circumstance in our lives to conform our thoughts, purpose, and actions to His will. He is at work in our impossible circumstances to reveal our hidden dross. Certain manifestations of our flesh that will only rise up when tested through the time He has spoken to when He fulfills. That waiting time purifies our heart’s belief. Dross: doing things in our own strength, and fleshly behavior such as impatience.
Believe means to trust in, lean on, and embrace all that the Lord is doing in our lives. Contentment in that time of waiting is the fruit of patience. Impatient? That is another manifestation of our hidden flesh-dross coming to the surface.