Waiting: Patience Or Impatience

In 1987 we went to Jamaica on a short term mission trip. We were pressed through multiple times of waiting. By the time we got through customs we were tired and hungry. As we boarded our transport bus we heard our first Reggae music. Our driver was blasting “I Waited For The Lord On High.”

I bought the cassette and used to blast it through my house whenever I was pressed in waiting. Why? It reminded me to be patient. The song came from Psalm 40:1 which says, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.”

Luke 21:19 says, “By your patience possess your souls.” James 1:4 says, “But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

Trials reveal the hidden dross of impatience. It doesn’t have to be an intense trial. Being late for an appointment because there is a traffic jam is a great example. Are you patient or impatient?

We miss hidden blessings when we fail to wait in patience. Isaiah 64:4 says that God acts for those who wait. Isaiah 30:18 says, “Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.”

We glorify the Lord as we wait in patience. You see, it is not about us. It is about Him. He, through our patience, is exalted. He displays His character through us. The next time you have to wait in line, for a traffic light, or for your water to boil: take the time to praise Him!

Here is David’s testimony. Psalm 27:13-14 says, “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!”

Waiting requires control over our wayward, negative thoughts. We corral our thoughts and bring them into a progression of tangible truth. God is in control of ALL circumstances. He has ordered my steps. His timing is impeccable. Truth will stabilize our thoughts and direct out hearts to praise Him Who is Worthy.

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