“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect….” (James 1:4)
Patience is simply defined as the ability to keep calm in an atmosphere of provoked anger, intolerance and doubt. Its opposite is impatience; which is fuelled by the spirit of arrogance, doubt and ‘too know’.
To obtain a promise, which in itself is futuristic (because though you are a potential beneficiary; but you are not permitted to have it until a future date), you got to rein in calmness otherwise you are likely to be denied a full ownership. It takes faith in who has promised to stay focus in obtaining the promise (Heb 10:23).
Some brethren easily feel offended when they are un-intentionally overlooked for promotion, some leave their duty posts for other places hurriedly, jumping from one Church to other when they are denied of the juicy position forgetting that it is God that promotes and position is not synonymous to grace. I have seen human beings issued God ultimatum, otherwise they will quit and backslide. The question is: ‘who is the looser’?
In a world of ‘microwave’, no one wants to wait endlessly for anything even though we know that there is time for everything (Eccl 3:1). As fantastic as microwave may look like, most times we fail to consider its end product in terms of quality, processes and shape. Science and technology has so much wired our mentality to the detriment of the true sayings of our Master (Jesus Christ) in Luke 21:19-21.
To obtain God’s promises, you need faith in Him, obedience and patience. When you consider Abraham’s walk with God, these three virtues could be found and he became a reference point for eternal blessings from generation to generation.
Though we are living in a fast-paced environment which in itself fuels the spirit of impatience, but your daily studying of the Bible will encourage you to develop your confidence in God, keep calm and await the fulfilment of His promises even though unbelievers may be getting things quicker than yourself (Psalm 37:1).
Finally while you are waiting for the accomplishment of the promise, endeavour to develop yourself so that when the promise eventuates, you are fully equipped for the assignment.