2. God Can Grow Us through Seasons of Waiting
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I had a friend that used to always say, “don’t pray for patience or God will give it to you and you will be tested and irritated and stretched--and you don’t want that!” But in truth, when we highlight the verses in Scripture about patience it is a key that unlocks so much spiritual treasure we are wise to hold the patience producing trials dear to our hearts, rather than push them away… or at least try to have that perspective!
The work of patience in our lives opens our lives up to a completeness in our souls!
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4 NKJV
Patience works to bring unity to our relationships!
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:4-6
Patience is a crucial ingredient to us accessing the inheritance of community with the rest of those who are God’s children!
…That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. Colossians 1:10-12
Patience is part of what builds our testimony and makes our stories in Christ worth the retelling!
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure. 2 Thessalonians 1:3-5
Patience unlocks God’s promises in our lives!
For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. Hebrews 10:36
If you are struggling with patience in an area of your life at the moment, as upside down as it might feel, thank God for the good He is working into your life! Look at that trial in the truth that God is working something so vital into your spiritual life right now that you don’t want to miss it!
I bake sourdough bread for our family every few days. Bread dough won’t rise right when it isn’t properly kneaded. The yeast needs to permeate the flour and water or the bread simply doesn’t do its delightful bread thing.
Trust me, I’ve made a lot of flat, stodgy loaves in my time! Every time I knead the dough, I think of God working things into my life just like the process of kneading dough… turning, stretching, repeating, all to get this thing (yeast) mixed so deeply into that lump of dough that it is all one - the flour, water, and yeast.
Christ’s character is supposed to get all worked into our lives the same way until we are all one “lump” with His character, causing us to rise in the heat of life’s struggles.
Patience is like this. (And yes, I know yeast is Scripturally a picture of arrogance or sin because of the puffing up action, but in my kitchen that’s how I like to think on it.) Patience must get worked into us through stretching, pressing, turning, pulling, over and over, and then we rise!
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