Ever wonder why God puts a dream in your heart and it doesn’t happen as fast as you think it should? Scholars tell us that the journey to the promise land was only a week, but it took them 40 years to get there. There are no short cuts.
Patience is not a passive word. It means endurance or constancy. One of the greatest marks of your faith and your confidence in God is your endurance, your perseverance, and your constancy when times are tough. Delays may not be your plan, but they are God’s plan.
My personality can look at a tree with wonderment, but wish it would grow faster. I can love the new life Spring brings but wonder when it will be warmer. But I have learned to embrace the thorns while I am watching roses develop.
I use to approach business and ministry with statements like “hurry up God”, “I wouldn’t go that route” and question at times, “are you there?” Now I learning…
- that much like the Israelites, delays are used to strengthen my faith and make me stronger.
- that my response to the delays determine how long I will be in the wilderness.
Sadly, the children of Israel flunked this test. They never made it through the delay. Only two Israelites who left Egypt actually got to go into the Promised Land. When you are going through your test, know that if you are called to your mission, there is no reason to fret or faint. He will deliver in His time, not yours.
Between failure and success the point is so fine, We sometimes do not know when they touch the line. Just when the pearl was waiting one more plunge, How many a struggler has thrown up the sponge. Then take this honey from the bitterest cup, There is no failure except in giving up.
Look at that spider web. Without patience, he doesn’t eat and we don’t enjoy the beauty of his work.