Patience in a Difficult Season
While we have no control over the things happening around us, we can put our hope in the Lord. Our faith is to be strong enough so as not to be shaken by delays and postponement of the things we desire. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) and we can ask Him to strengthen us and help us to be patient in this difficult season.
HAVING PATIENCE WHEN FACED WITH DELAY
Delay in your plans does not mean that your desires will not come to pass, it simply means they will take longer. Developing a patient heart will help you cope with your current situation as you wait. God’s power will give you great endurance and patience so that you can live a godly life, bear fruit for the kingdom, and know God intimately in the season you’re in (Colossians 1:-12).
You can pray and ask God to give you the power to show great patience in the difficulties you are experiencing. God never intended for you to overcome trials in the world on your own. He is your ever-present help whenever you need Him.
One man who showed us how to endure hardships and patiently wait for God’s deliverance is Job in the Bible. He lost his children, herds, servants and battled painful sores as a result of an attack from the devil (Job 1:12). Job suffered until when God delivered Him and restored everything he lost (Job 42:10). God gave him twice as much as he had lost. This shows us that there is a blessing waiting for us when we are done with a difficult season. But we have to wait in faith knowing that God will show us mercy and compassion.
‘My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful’. – James 5:10-11
HOW CAN YOU DEVELOP PATIENCE IN THIS SEASON
It’s important to have patience as you wait to continue with your plans because you have no idea when things will change. The first thing you need to keep in mind is not to worry but believe that God is in control over the situation in your life. He is in charge of your life and will direct your steps as you follow His lead. Worrying will leave you with negative thoughts and will not solve anything no matter how challenging. Give your worries to God and enjoy His peace that surpasses all understanding.
In Psalm 46:10, God says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth’. Being still means that you let go of anything that makes you worry or fear and acknowledge the sovereignty of God. It is when we are calm and peaceful that we can hear God speak and give us words of comfort. He knows that the setbacks you have encountered have cost you much. It is only turning to His Word that will fill you with hope and patience.
Wait on God with all confidence knowing that in the meantime, He is growing your faith and strengthening you to handle everything in your life. Sometimes God is waiting for us to grow, and He is also working on our hearts to prepare us for the blessings He wants to give us. He has great plans for us, and He uses everything we go through to prepare us for the journey ahead.
There is a great harvest awaiting us after we go through a difficult season. If we are patient, we will reap the harvest and enjoy the goodness of God. Romans 8:18 says, ‘I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us’. Your present suffering cannot even compare to what God wants to give you when all is said and done.
Guard your mind and tongue while waiting for your blessings and breakthrough. If you are experiencing frustration and anger, don’t take it out on someone else. As Christians, we are to live a righteous life and treat others according to how God has shown us in His Word.
You don’t have to feel like you are dealing with the issues in your life alone. God is always with you and will never leave you. You may not see others as often as you like or receive the encouragement you need, but turn to God today and lean on Him. His grace is sufficient for your current season, and as you wait for Him patiently, you will reap the reward of your patience.