So I looked up patience :continuance, a state of lasting or duration, lastingness, a bearing or suffering, a continuing under pain or distress without resistance or without sinking or yielding to the pressure, sufferance, patience.... a waiting for something that is delayed.
The act or quality of waiting long for justice or expected good without discontent; a calm temper which bears evils without murmuring or discontent; perseverance
fixedness or firmness of mind, persevering resolution, steady unshaken determination, particularly applicable to firmness of mind under sufferings, to steadiness in attachments, and to perseverance in enterprise... lasting affection, stability in love or friendship.
By faith we have been made
acceptable to God. And now, because of our Lord Jesus Christ we live at peace with God. Christ has also introduced us to God's undeserved kindness on which we take our stand. So we are happy as we look forward to sharing in the glory of God. But that's not all! We gladly suffer because we know that suffering helps us to endure and endurance builds character, which gives us a hope that will never disappoint us. All of this happens because God has given us the Holy Spirit who fills our heart with love.
I am a joke to everyone! No one ever stops making fun of me. God has turned my life sour. He made me eat gravel and rubbed me in the dirt. I cannot find peace or remember happiness. I tell myself... I am finished! I can't count on the Lord to do anything for me. Just thinking of my troubles and my lonely wandering makes me miserable. That's all I ever think about and I am depressed.This sounds like alot of us when we seem to find ourselves in the midst of so much trouble. We give up, we stop hoping, we stop believing that God has anything good in store for us. But lets take another look back at Lamentations. You see, something gets ahold of the speaker and he begins to encourage himself. (Lamentations 3:21-26 CEV)
Then I remember something that fills me with hope. The Lords kindness never fails! If he had not been merciful we would have been destroyed. The Lord can always be trusted to show mercy each morning. Deep in my heart I say "The Lord is all I need, I can depend on Him." The Lord is kind to everyone who trusts and obeys Him. It is good to wait patiently for the Lord to save us.You see, God doesn't ask of us anything that He hasn't done himself. He is the God of patience. He is the God of endurance. He continues steadfast never wavering for the day that is coming. He has endured more than we could ever imagine. He has endured the worst... a creation that denies him and yet whose very existance is kept in Him, children that disobey him... the pain of sending his only son to die and take the sin of this whole world. He had to endure having to turn away from His son as he hung on the cross bearing everyone's sin because he could not look upon the sin.
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint. Teach me Lord, teach me Lord to wait.