One of the hardest things we face in life is what seem to be the delays in God’s actions. We pray. The answer is delayed. Then we fume and fret and sometimes set about to work out the answer for ourselves. What is wrong when we do this? Simply put: we are not trusting. We doubt either God’s ability to do what He has promised or His timing. We need to trust God and wait upon Him.
Patience is the quality that brings about inner peace, and together with perseverance, brings about success in whatever endeavour we choose to undertake. Impatience causes irritation, imprudence, and wrong decisions and contributes greatly to personal unhappiness. Patience in its deeper sense is rooted in faith, i.e., faith in fellow human beings and faith that divine justice will prevail in the long run.
In life, patience is not something that comes easily to us. We jump the gun on most issues and we question God’s judgement and timing; trying to take matters into our own hands. We convince ourselves that everything happens for a reason and that every opportunity or situation has been the chosen one from God.
We are conditioned in our society to think that everything must be given to us instantly. We want instant answers, love success and comfort. It is like watching the news. A tragedy happens and within minutes, the world is waiting for expert advice (even when the experts are not ready to dish out their thoughts). Some things are better when they are analysed and waited out, rather than given super speedy time. In Philippians 4:6 we read: “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known unto God.”