A couple months ago I had a terrible migraine that lasted for five hours! The excruciating pulse felt like my head was going to explode. My wife and I went to the ER and I desired to immediately get help! It was my first migraine and I had no idea what to do. Instead of getting help right away, I had to wait!!
If I ever thought I was patient, this was the test! We waited for about 2 hours and my name was never called. So, I guess I passed the test? Nah, I failed! Even though I waited for two hours, it doesn’t mean I was patient.
So, what’s the difference between waiting and patience? Waiting is what you do, but patience is who you are. It’s a foundational characteristic that needs to be developed. Waiting is a great tool to produce patience.
Patience is about character. Have you ever heard someone say, ‘Please be waiting” or you must “be waiting”? Usually the statement is, “Be patient,” or “Please be patient.” I tell my wife sometimes that I thank her for being patient with me.
Being or be means to exist and patience is a valuable characteristic needed to exist in this life. The definition of wait is to stay put until a time, it’s a period of delay. Furthermore, patience is the capacity to accept delay, trouble, or suffering without giving up. Another word for this is called forbearance.
Colossians 3:12 says, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Pray: Ask God for growth and grace in being patient.
Principal: Waiting is what you do, but patience is who you are.
Other scriptures about patience. (Romans 5:4, Ecclesiastes 7:8)
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