Patience is a virtue, hastiness always leaves me forgetting things and I have to turn around go back to the house because I left in haste.
“In your patience possess ye your souls.”
Luke 21:19 KJV this was stated after Jesus told his disciples about the persecutions that they would have to endure because of his name sake. Patience is something that works in our favor when we slow down and concentrate on God.
Later Paul would go on to say this about persecution and tribulation in the book of Romans “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;”
Romans 5:3 KJV
When things are not going your way, and you are maybe having to deal with someone that has demonic activity attached to their lives constantly trying to invite you into the temptation of arguing or gossip.
Tribulation is defined as : distress or suffering resulting from oppression or persecution.
That’s Webster’s definition, but I like to define tribulation as the opposition you face once you make up your mind to make more strides toward God. It is when you get determined to press toward the mark of the prize of a high calling. It’s the attacks that come when Satan recognizes you trying to get closer to God. Simply put it is any and everything that will distract you, stress you, frustrate you, and aggravate you. It is foolishness at its core. This is not limited to the unsaved, Satan loves to use people in the church to keep you distracted.
Let’s look at the benefits of patients in the Word of God!
“That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”
Hebrews 6:12-15 KJV
Without patience Abraham would not have obtained the promise, I don’t think it’s by coincidence that God chose to show us this basic principle of patience with the Forefather of FAITH, Abraham. The two things I get from that are 1. though it may be taking years and years don’t ever stop praying about it and 2. Let your works be in sync with what you are expecting from faith. The little bit that we do control is called our self will and we can yield it to God or without a prayer life yield it to ourselves and our carnal ways. Trust me it only takes a matter of time for me to get distracted if I miss just a few days of prayer. The Bible tells us to build ourselves up on our most holy faith by praying in the Holy Ghost in Jude 1:20.