Have you noticed all of the “help” groups for various needs that the general populace has? There are programs for getting physically fit, weight loss, financially free, parenting, Gamblers Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, and even tutors to help with academic weaknesses. But, there is a malady that either does not have a prayer of being remedied or is so prevalent, it has come to be expected and accepted. What is that plague? Impatience! Just saying the word makes me tense. I have never heard of “Impatients Anonymous”, have you?
I suffer from a great deficit in my “patience quotient” (PQ). In fact, I fear if there were ever a test to rate my “PQ”, it would destroy the mechanism designed for a verifiable reading. Friends and family know that I am allergic to waiting “patiently” for much of anything. If there is a “wait time” in a restaurant, I go somewhere else. If the line is long at a quick stop to get gas or a soft drink, I don’t stop. And, places that require us to wait (like a doctor’s office) cause my blood pressure readings to be elevate significantly by the time I finally go back to the examination room.
Although the Bible was written for all of us, there are those verses that I am certain had me in mind when God inspired them. For instance, ““Be still, and know that I am God.” Ps. 46:10. Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Ps.27:14. Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. Isaiah 30:18 The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. Lamentations 3:25.
To those Christians who are always in a hurry, here’s some good advice from the 19th-century preacher A. B. Simpson: “Beloved, have you ever thought that someday you will not have anything to try you, or anyone to vex you again? There will be no opportunity in heaven to learn or to show the spirit of patience, forbearance, and longsuffering. If you are to practice these things, it must be now.” Yes, each day affords countless opportunities to learn patience. Let’s not waste them. Commenting on our need for this virtue, M. H. Lount has said, “God’s best gifts come slowly. We could not use them if they did not. Many a man, called of God to…a work in which he is pouring out his life, is convinced that the Lord means to bring his efforts to a successful conclusion. Nevertheless, even such a confident worker grows discouraged at times and worries because results do not come as rapidly as he would desire. But growth and strength in waiting are results often greater than the end so impatiently longed for. Paul had time to realize this as he lay in prison. Moses must have asked, ‘Why?’ many times during the delays in Midian and in the wilderness. Jesus Himself experienced the discipline of delay in His silent years before His great public ministry began.”
God wants us to see results as we work for Him, but His first concern is our growth. That’s why He often withholds success until we have learned patience. The Lord teaches us this needed lesson through the blessed discipline of delay. (Copied).
So glad that you are not plagued by impatience. That means that you can be an intercessor for folks like me that have a chronic case. I know it only shows my carnality, but I need help with impatience AND I NEED IT RIGHT NOW!!! Whew! I feel better …! Helps to confess……