Read Romans 8:25
“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise.”
The first part of the poem IF by Richard Kipling can help you deal with something that is difficult:
Good things take time! If you are learning to play the piano, participating in a play or a musical or trying to get good at a new sport, it takes time. If you are trying to be patient enough with the people that you work with, it takes time. Patience is one of the greatest lessons we can learn. When you have a setback, do you have the grit and the patience of the king of the comebacks – Jesus Christ?
Patience has to be a mindset and a priority in both prayer and life.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” – Galatians 6:9
There is a proper time to reap, but often we lack the patience necessary to get there. Maybe we don’t wait long enough. The greatest reward may be the strength and determination that you can develop by waiting. If you plant a seed but keep uprooting it to check if it’s growing, you’ll never get the reward of a tree.
Consider Paul, while patiently enduring all types of persecution for the name of Christ, at the end of his ministry said:
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day.” – 2 Timothy 4: 7
Being patient can help you to develop grit, perseverance, a love for others, avoiding excuses, learning from your mistakes, letting go (the hardest part of love), confidence and dignity (accept losing). Patience is a fruit of the spirit of Christ.
Are you patient enough with others? Being patient with people is an expression of love.
When one is suffering, the questions arises, “What can I do?” The Psalmist tells us there is something we can do—wait (Ps. 130:5–6). To wait is to trust in God. God is in control.
Being patient is an expression of hope in God. We wait while recognizing that God is in control.
“We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.” – Proverbs 16:33
While you are waiting – whatever your situation – remember that God is on the throne. Have confidence;
“for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption” – Psalm 130:7
Good things take time!