: the capacity to tolerate delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry or upset.
Patience is a ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ and part of the biblical definition of what love is. Patience is another word for perseverance.
Our physical lives are both a tool and a distraction to the spiritual life. We have a our place in history and will leave something behind when we leave. But, our real identity is found in our spirit lives. If that is true, then nothing in the physical life should take precedence in any way.
If God is sovereign, then there is nothing that happens outside of His say so. He has the planets and stars at his beck and call. He holds back the ocean and then sets it free. He speaks and the entire creation turns to obey.
Hearing the proclaimed truth about God stirs up praise and adoration for Him until it starts to infringe on the free will of man.
Man wants to have two gods. Himself and God. There is no such balance. A man can say, ‘I don’t believe God would allow this to happen.’ You have three questions you can ask yourself: Did it happen? If God didn’t allow it, then who has the power to trump God? And shouldn’t we be serving him?
So, what about the evil that happens in the world? What about the sin that runs rampant? Are you that short sighted? If you don’t understand the authority of God on even the most basic level, then your frenzy of doubt and damage control will have you spinning in circles like a rat in a cage. A person with no understanding of God’s sovereignty or His purpose that surpasses our interpretation and comprehension will be relentlessly brutal to any perceived enemy either to them or to God.
Knowledge of God has you aware that even His enemies play into His purpose. There is no fear, there is no worry, there is no confusion and there is no defeat for a child of God because of who He is. He is the creator of all things, the undisputed authority, the hand that holds back and the hand that lets loose. He’s not a ‘tame lion’ and He is absolutely out of control. He is under no authority…not even your free will. If you don’t know who He is, then how can you do what you’re asked to do, be who you’re asked to be and let go of anything you can hold in your two hands?
So—who is like me? Who holds a candle to me?” says The Holy. -Isaiah 40:25
If God is not who He says He is, then we live a hopeless existence under the mercy of shifty wind powered happenstance. A grasping, condemning, promiscuous, judgmental, desperate, clingy and clambering people are born out of no concept of God.
An understanding of who God is gives a man patience to wait through the storm for God to show up and increase his faith. The dark corners of life are no place to wimp out and lose sight of the Truth. You’re there because for a purpose. You’re learning patience, patience made possible by faith. You are given the opportunity to turn away from the physical world that is tearing you apart and focus on the spiritual Nature at work in and around your physical body. Patience is to your character as a mother’s milk is to her infant. Patience is nourishment to our real Nature. Our real Nature comes from the Father and our relationship with the Father gives us hope. Hope is another word for faith. Patience is possible through faith and faith is nurtured by patience. Knowing the cycle of growing faith and developing spiritual Nature, we can celebrate in our adversity.
Patience is knowing. Knowing is believing. Believing is our salvation.
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. -Romans 5:3-5