I got very frustrated yesterday! It seemed like everything I started out to do that should have been very easy, ended up being very difficult! As the day drove on I found a growing tension in my neck and shoulders, and my attitude felt like it might just explode at any minute. When I sat down to look at the Scripture this morning, I got to thinking about why I was so messed up about being messed up and I realized the biggest problem for me was my impatience!
Sometimes I am not a very patient person. I don’t want to lose my cool, but I often do and while I try very hard to not lose it in front of other people, the truth is: I still lose it, even if it is in private!
If I am going to accomplish God’s will for my life, then I must learn to practice patient endurance. Hebrews 10:36 says: “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.” As I learn to endure life’s difficulties without becoming anxious or annoyed, I become more patient and as I become more patient, the peace of God is able to flow into and through me and the will of God is accomplished in my life!
My being patient is a badge that shows that I trust God. This is a form of faith and as my faith grows, so does my relationship with my Creator. As my relationship with my Creator grows, then so does my relationships with others!
Some say that we should never pray for patience, but the truth is: “We have not because we ask not!”
Lord, help me to grow in my patience! Help me to endure life’s difficulties! Help me to grow strong and dependent upon You, rather than weak and frustrated in my independence. I know that You will bring me opportunities for Your Holy Spirit to grow and perfect this area in my heart and life, help me to recognize and take advantage of these opportunities! When the frustrating circumstances of life come my way, help me to react with calm assurance, quiet strength and faithful trust that You are at work!