Exercising patience in a “convenience” world
We live in a “hyper-convenient” world where we can order pizza, groceries, and do all of our Christmas shopping on our smartphones. We’re so used to having most of what we want in the blink of an eye that we can’t even bear the thought of waiting.
In this fast-moving culture, I’ve noticed a level of impatience rising up in me when things don’t happen quickly.
- When I have to wait in a line of more than three people at the grocery store
- Sitting in traffic on the freeway an extra ten minutes
- Even having to wait a few additional minutes for my spouse when I’m ready for church on Sunday
And these are just the little things in life!
God’s ways often don’t fit our “in-an-instant” culture. When we put our trust in the things of this world, we demand quick results. When we put our trust in God, it requires us to trust His process. Sometimes it’s quick. Other times, God is trying to teach us to lean into the Fruit of the Spirit for patience.
In 1 Timothy 1:15 (NLT), the Apostle Paul says:
“This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners.”
The next time we get impatient with God, we really should ask the question, “How patient has God been with us?” What a powerful gift we have available to us! God can give us the supernatural strength to wait on Him and trust in Him for His perfect timing.
Spend some time in reflection with the Lord this week by answering these questions. Let them help you gain more awareness so you can walk in supernatural patience.
- In what areas of your life are you struggling to demonstrate patience?
- Is there a particular person with whom you find it difficult to be patient?
- How does your impatience manifest: anger, annoyance, sarcasm, judgment, or discontentment?