Have you examined your patience lately? Patience is such a crucial area when it comes to our walk with God. It can either help us greatly succeed or hinder us. How many times have you seen someone not achieving the things God has for them all because they’re trying to do it on “their time” and not God’s?
Colossians 1:11 says, “We also pray that you will be strengthened with all His glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need.” This scripture is showing us that endurance and patience are equally important. There are times when God shows you something he wants you to do, but maybe it’s not for now, but for months or even years down the road. God shows us things for our future so we can prepare for them. That’s were our patience comes in allowing us to prepare for what God has in store for our future without jumping into something before we are ready.
2 Peter 3:15 “Also remember, the Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved…” Thank God that he has patience. Where would we be without God’s patience? He patiently waits for us to receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He patiently waits for us to grow as Christians, He patiently waits for us to get on the right track or follow His plan. Our Heavenly Father is the ultimate example of patience…His mercies are new EVERY single morning! If we can begin to mirror the example he has set for us and run the race and follow His timeline not only will we grow closer to him but we will see success in each area of our lives.
There are times when our walls may feel like they’re caving in & nothing feels like it’s going the right way. Don’t give up! Remember God is our strength. Romans 12:12 says, “…be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” When trouble comes our way we must remember to continue to pray and trust in Him. Although patience isn’t always the easiest thing to learn, it’s a powerful tool to have in your daily Christian walk.
If this is an area you are struggling with I encourage you to challenge yourself today and throughout this week. Sincerely ask God to give you patience and show you areas where you need to make some adjustments. I guarantee you, He will…maybe even a bit more than you were expecting.
About Steve Zuppo Sr.
Steve Zuppo Sr. was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He graduated from Ursuline High School in 2000 and is a 2006 graduate from Rhema Bible Training Center specializing in their Pastoral Ministry Program. Starting in 2008 until 2010 he was the director of Catalyst, the Young Adult Ministry at Believers’ Church in Warren, Ohio. He is currently overseeing both the Altar Prayer Ministry and the Retirement Home Satellite Campus at Believers’. Steve and his wife Teri have been married since October 2007 and have a son, Stephen Jr. born February 2010.