12 November 2013

Waiting for Patience to Find Me

This entire month has really been a test on my patience. I feel like I'm in this "waiting phase" on every situation of my life and the Lord knows I'm not too good at waiting. I've had to force myself to just put my own "wants" behind me and focus on my Jesus and HIS timing that is ahead. Patience has not been an easy concept to grasp in my head when it comes to situations I've been waiting to see answers for. I've heard all about keeping the faith and trusting that God has it all in control (yeah, I believe that should always be the foundation). But it wasn't until I sought the verses out below, that I began to understand the patience that God can sustain. I know there are many more verses about patience but these few are what really encouraged me.

James 1:2-4 KJV
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."

When I give up the thought that I can do things on my own and allow patience to "have her perfect work," my life will be filled and I will no longer have that impatient feeling overwhelming my emotions.
Ecclesiastes 7:8 KJV
"Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit."

This is what I must always remember! 
The END is better than the BEGINNING when Jesus is the CENTER!
Romans 5:3-6 KJV
"And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly."

That last line is all I need to get through my day. I think this is the first time I've actually read that line and felt joy from it. The New Living Translation of verse 6 will seriously bring a smile to your face: 
"When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners."

Utterly helpless. Without strength. Christ knew that I would have these moments. Moments I'd have to cast every ounce of my being on Him and wait patiently for His reply. Because His reply, whether a yes or no, is always for the better in my life.
Let these verses be an encouragement to you whether you're struggling with something today and something new tomorrow or you've held onto bad news for too long or even if things are just okay. You can hold onto these verses for when rough times embrace you. We were never intended to have a perfect life, just a perfect God to hold our hand and walk with us through it all.

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