Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting. Joyce Meyer
Do you remember the old saying: “Please be patient with me, God isn’t finished with me yet.” After you read it you think, “Boy that’s right. I wish he would hurry up and finish!”
5 Things that will Test Your Patience
- Bad weather
- Bad manners
- Bad driving
- Sales people that want to know if they can help you
- People who invade your physical space
Number 6 on my list is waiting for test results.
I like what Joyce Meyer says in her quote: “Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” How are we behaving when we are waiting for test results?
There are a number of things we do when we are waiting to hear if it is good news or bad.
- We worry – there isn’t one good thing that comes from worrying.
- We imagine the worst – we play out scenarios in our head of what we will and will not do when we get the results.
- We go to the internet, find some scary information and then dwell on it.
- Then finally we go to God in prayer. This should be the first thing we do, but I think a lot of the time we do this last.
How to Develop Your Patience Muscle
You can develop your patience just like anything else. Remember, being patient is a choice.
- Make tomorrow a day that you are going to practice being patient. Decide that you will be patient in all situations that you are faced with. This will be a something for you to journal about.
- Slow down. We can rush around like a chicken with it’s head cut off and not get anything accomplished. Take the time to be mindful of what you are doing.
- Practice thinking before you speak. This is something that will not only teach you patience, but if you think first, choose your words second and then speak, your communication will improve.
7 Scriptures for When You Need Patience
Let’s see what God has to say about patience in the Bible
James 1:2-4 (CEB)
2 My brothers and sisters, think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy. 3 After all, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 Let this endurance complete its work so that you may be fully mature, complete, and lacking in nothing.
Psalm 37:7-8 (NIV)
7 Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
1 Peter 2:20-21 (CEB)
20 But what praise comes from enduring patiently when you have sinned and are beaten for it? But if you endure steadfastly when you’ve done good and suffer for it, this is commendable before God.
21 You were called to this kind of endurance, because Christ suffered on your behalf. He left you an example so that you might follow in his footsteps.
Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 (NIV)
13 Consider what God has done:
Who can straighten
what he has made crooked?
14 When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider this:
God has made the one
as well as the other.
Therefore, no one can discover
anything about their future.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Whoever is patient has great understanding,
but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.
Romans 15:4-5 (KJ21)
4 For whatsoever things were written in times past, were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another, according to Christ Jesus,