Why is it that our flesh reacts when we have to wait? We do not like our goals being blocked. I’m scheduled to write for the Life Project devotional, so I’ve been thinking about my verse.
Luke 21:19 says, “By your patience, possess your souls.” It is a simple instruction, but a hard one to live. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit. Therefore, it is borne when we are yielded to the Holy Spirit’s control. Impatience is fruit of the flesh.
Psalm 27:14 is a great heart-governor verse. It says, “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!”
Waiting is a trial that reveals the hidden dross of impatience. Proverbs 19:2 Amplified says, “Desire without knowledge is not good, and to be overly hasty is to sin and miss the mark.”
Have you ever bought something on impulse and regretted it later? Regrets come from haste. We can speak hasty words that wound. We can act out of impulse and error.
Moses forfeited the opportunity to enter into the promised land because of his impatience with the people. Numbers 20:8-12 says that he was to speak to the rock, but in his haste he struck it.
Impatience impairs good judgment. Think of how many times someone has passed you on the freeway because they were impatient? Impatience is a mental dialogue against what we perceive is blocking our goal. Therefore it is fought though our thoughts, bringing them back into focus on the Lord.
Impatience is noisy and persistent. Psalm 131:2 says, “Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.”
The fruit of waiting is that God will act on our behalf (Isaiah 64:4). Isaiah 30:18 says, “Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you…” We miss His grace for our situation when we react in our flesh.