Patience is a Virtue
The word patience is linked with faith. If you have faith in a person, you will trust the person’s judgement, aside and patiently wait for the outcome of all situations. Patience is waiting with difficulties. It is confidence in yourself, with a good feeling of hope.
As stated in the Bible. Job was wealthy with 10 children and a beautiful wife. He had everything going on well for him until the devil struck with the permission from God reluctantly. He lost everything but remained steadfast. The devil being funny got another approval from God to strike again, though with a stern warning not to touch his life but directly on Job’s body. Despite the pains Job was passing through, he never defied or questioned God. He never ran out of patience. He remained steadfast in faith, believing that there’s a reason for everything.
Due to his faithfulness yielding patience and absolute trust in God’s timing and judgement, he got healed, with his skin as that of a baby as well as a double of everything he lost including children. We may ask “Why did God allow Job to get tried at all? He was a fervent believer in God, he feared God and worshipped, he was faithful and committed etc. God alone understands why.
Humans, in a bid to explain God’s intentions according to the story of Job as recorded in the Bible may say that God just wanted to prove to the devil that Job was His and His alone. However, I disagree because God is mysterious in his ways and works. He alone knows why. We can only understand the part he reveals to us. Though there’s a certainty with which he supersedes the devil. He knew the end from the beginning. He will never have agreed if he knew Job would give in to his trials. He knew Job would overcome.
1Corinthians 10v13 asserts that no temptation has overtaken us except that which is common to mankind. God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. Therefore, when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. This is of course enough to prove that we can overcome our temptations no matter how overbearing they may seem to be.
We all at many phases in our lives have faced situations that test our patience. It helps to always remember that good things comes to those who wait. “For those that wait upon the Lord, the Lord shall renew their strength… ” Isaiah 40v31.
In difficult times, never forget that God’s plans for you are of good, never of evil. All you need is to hold on in total trust. Things may not be going the way you expected but don’t forget that the blessings of God are eternal. He probably needs to Wade off and clear off all obstacles that could disrupt the permanency of His blessings. God’s timing is always on time.
The bottom line, “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.