Virtuous Patience: I still have a way to go.
Virtuous Patience Doesn’t Come Easy.
Patience is not natural and virtuous patience comes from the trying of your faith through temptations. It is not God who tempts us, we are drawn away by our own lusts. Whether it is the infant’s cry to be fed now or the toddler demanding a toy, impatience is ingrained in our being. At first we scream when told “no,” then we pout when told to “wait.” Eventually we learn restraint, but only to avoid certain consequences.
From parental rule to governing law we are restrained to conform to our culture. Well, there are the exceptions. They are the prideful who for one reason or another don’t give a damn. Privileged and powerful they continue to do pretty much as they please. Another exception are those who care about others. They come in all flavors; doctors and nurses, nannies and aids, mommies and daddies and protectors have hearts that are patient for others. But, culture or human love cannot produce virtuous patience. Only having your faith tried can result in godly patience.
Virtuous Patience is Not the End Result.
There is more that happens than just developing godly patience when resisting temptation. This kind of patience will produce experience (you will see that it can be done) and that will give you hope. And hope does not put us to shame, “because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5) It is the love of God that strengthens our faith in Him as we overcome as Jesus did. How good it is to no longer be ashamed!
Not Quite There Yet.
It would be nice if I could say that I have arrived, but that is not the case. This morning some “last days” Scriptures came to mind. The wonders that have been foretold are glorious. There is more than just the bad stuff for those who reject God’s Son. I have read enough to know how parts of the story will unfold, and I want to see and praise Him as they do. Every thing is ordered to happen one step at a time and I found myself praying that God would hurry up. He answered me this way.
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) Love is patient.
The world cries out, “DO IT NOW,” but faith waits for the Lord. (Isaiah 40:31)