Patience is a virtue

As we are in the series of being still, Sister Feyi and Brother Tope explored the benefits and dangers of being patient. More detailed emphasis was placed on the life of Jacob that served Laban for 14 years because he loved Rachel and eventually married her after the long wait. Similarly, Rachel was barren for many years because she lost her patience and asked her husband to give her a child or she dies but later begat Joseph who was the most successful out of all the children of Jacob.

  • Patience: the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
  • An ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay. Waiting is a part of life and one of God’s tools for developing people.
    Patience is listed by Paul in Galatians 5:22-23 as among the fruit of the Spirit
  • What happens when you wait patiently on God?
  • You shall inherit the Land.
  • “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him, Those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the land.”(Psalms 37:7)
  • He shall renew your strength. Isaiah 40:31
  • We shall reap. Galatians 6:9
  • And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
  • It transforms your character. Ex. 2:14; Acts 7:30-36
  • the story of Moses delivering the Israelites from the Egyptians. It’s a grand story of God doing great miracles.
  • Moses had to wait in the desert for 40 years before God came to him. God used this time of waiting to transform his character. We know this because when he was a young man he was brash and impatient. In his impetuousness he killed a man and hid the body. When his sin was made public, he ran for his life and was exiled to the desert.
  • When he was given a second chance he opted to do it God’s way and in God’s time.
  • He gives you a new song to sing. Psalms 40 vs 1-3

I waited patiently for the Lord and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay,

And set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

  • And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God:
  • What does Patience look like? The story of how Rachel cried to God for a child. (Gen. 30:1-2; 20-24)
  • And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.
  • And Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?
  • 20 And Leah said, God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun.
  • 21 And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.
  • 22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.
  • 23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:
  • 24 And she called his name Joseph; and said, The Lord shall add to me another son.
  • It’s important to understand that while we’re waiting, having a negative, impatient attitude will not make God hurry.
  • Remember, the Children of Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness on what could have been an 11-day journey, mainly because of their attitude! When things were not going like they wanted, they began to murmur and complain and ultimately, they sinned against God, simply because they got impatient and stopped trusting Him.
  • Patience makes God to show up. The story of Paul and Silas Acts 16:24-26
  • In the Bible Paul and Silas knew about waiting, and they waited well. Acts 16tells the story of how they were attacked by a crowd, beaten and thrown in jail.
  • “But about midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the [other] prisoners were listening to them, suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the very foundations of the prison were shaken; and at once all the doors were opened and everyone’s shackles were unfastened.” God answered them suddenly!
  • Wait expectantly for God to answer
  • Wait quietly — “I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.” (Psalm 62:5 NLT)
  • Wait patiently — “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.” (Psalm 37:7 NLT)
  • Wait expectantly — “I wait expectantly, trusting God to help, for he has promised.” (Psalm 105:5 LB)
  • And this is so important: you must expect to hear from God. Expect for him to give you a dream, an insight; this is the faith factor where you wait expectantly.
  • Waiting on God is never a waste of time. In fact, it’s some of the best time you are ever going to invest in your life.
  • What to do while waiting
  • Patience comes with faith (2 Timothy 3:10; Hebrews 6:12)
  • Pray and Give Thanks
  • let the waiting prompt you to pray. “be patient in tribulation” is followed with the reminder to “be constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12).   1 Thessalonians 5:17: Pray without ceasing
  • Remember the Patience of God towards you. Remember his amazing grace and love that he has shown you in forgiving your sins. He is “patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

Lack of Patience can cause us to miss our blessings. King Saul was told to WAIT.  He chooses not to and his kingdom was taken from him. 1 Samuel 10:8 

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