Patience isn’t punishment

The holiday season is really, really busy.

Yesterday I was in Target (tis’ the season) and they had some pre-Black Friday sales going on, so it was insanely crowded. This made for some super frustrating buggy-pushing.

As I was checking out, I was also people watching. Some people were just buying groceries; some were buying wrapping paper (aka me) and a lot of people were buying Christmas presents.

I started to think about Christmas time when I was little. When we are children, Christmas takes absolutely forever to come. We wait, and wait, and wait some more for our parents to wake us up on Christmas morning and tell us that Santa had come.

That moment is such a moment of excitement, because the waiting is finally over. In the meantime, though, the waiting sure can seem like a punishment.

Sometimes, we have that same mindset in our relationship with God. It’s easy to lose sight of the Father when we are being impatient.   

Whether it’s loneliness creeping in, waiting for a call about a job interview, or just wondering when this difficult season of life will pass; we can be stubborn when it comes to understanding that God has it all under control.

Impatience grows when we don’t give God control.

 This is when we, as meek, imperfect humans, have to step back and allow God to do what He does best, which is being God.

How many times do we grow frustrated when we don’t get what we want when we want it? For me, it’s way too often.

We have to realize that God isn’t punishing us by making us be patient. He’s growing us. Even when we don’t feel an immediate change in our lives, God is still working, and we have to trust that He knows what He is doing.

During my time in the Bible this morning I was brought to Romans 4, where Paul is talking about Abraham’s faith in God. This chapter really convicted me while I was reading it.

Abraham had faith in God and His promises. Abraham didn’t doubt because of his old age, or because Sarah was barren. He didn’t second-guess if God could use him like He had promised Abraham He would.

Instead, as we are told in Romans 4:20-21, “no unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised.”

Abraham was patient in his waiting. In fact, his patience made him grow stronger in his faith in God.

This is what it’s all about. This is why God makes us wait. While we are waiting for something in life, we have the perfect opportunity to grow in our faith. The stronger we are in our faith, the more glory we can give to God.

God is not a God of uncertainty or a God who breaks promises. He is a God who calls us to trust in Him and in His plans for our lives.

Despite the fact that waiting isn’t fun, it’s sometimes necessary, and it isn’t a punishment on our lives.

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