Psalm 40:1 KJV
I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
I dislike waiting! Do you? Waiting to hear from someone you love, waiting in the doctor’s office, or waiting at the hospital for a doctor’s report. Waiting, waiting, waiting, and yet, God’s Word instructs us to wait.
The word patient or patience is derived from the Latin word, “patientia” from “patior,” to suffer, to endure. The Lord not only tells us to wait, but to patiently wait on Him. The definition for the word patience is: “willingness to put up with waiting, pain, troubles, or hurts; calm endurance without complaining or losing self-control.” This explanation of the word patience is what God wants for us while we wait for His will in our lives. A willingness to wait and suffer if need be, without loosing self-control, is most definitely the working of the Spirit of God.
Abraham Lincoln said, “Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time. A man watches his pear tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But, let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap!” Don’t rush God with what He has in-store for you.
Patiently waiting for the will of God honors Him and gives Him time to have His way. This truly is the highest expression of faith and will bring to the soul, perfect rest. Quietly waiting on the Lord, allows you to know Him, and His depth of love. You’d truly never know what it means in II Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for thee” if your pain would quickly flee.
“So, be silent, my child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to truly know me.
And though oft My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all is still, Wait.”
Lord, I know You have heard my cry, I will wait patiently on You.