With every breath in and every breath out, I can feel Him whispering, “Patience.” Each time I hear that bittersweet word I shudder. That’s not the answer I want; in fact, it’s like answering a question with a question. Do you ever feel compelled to cry out to the heavens, “My God, my God. Why have you forsaken me?” Am I forsaken or just impatient?
“If we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:25
Jesus waited for six hours to fulfill the sacrifice, Jonah waited three days in a whale’s stomach, Jacob waited seven years in servitude for Rachel, and David waited fifteen years to become King. Were they comfortable? Hardly. Patient? You bet.
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
To answer, no He doesn’t forsake His people. His people just get a little antsy when they don’t get the answer they want to hear. David didn’t demand his place as King. He wrote:
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalms 27:14
Fifteen years of waiting, and God’s will was done. It is against every fiber of our being to remain patient, yet God calls us to it. I mean, that concept really sums up following Jesus. (Don’t get me wrong, faith is a lot more than just going against every fiber of your being.) But everything He calls us to goes against our natural tendency of sin. We are to believe in impossible miracles, love our enemies, accept His grace, hold ourselves accountable when society says we don’t need to, and wait on the Lord in a world where instantaneous is demanded. We may squirm or pace at the thought of being patient, but to pursue faith is to put control in His hands. Hand check. Who or what has control of your life? Give it up and give into patience. Wait on the Lord.