submitted by the Rev. Jams Henderschedt
Abraham was a patient man. All the way up to his old age he was still waiting for God to fulfill the promise that he, Abraham, would have a son and that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky.
Abraham was an impatient man, never shying away when he had the opportunity to remind God that he, Abraham, still didn’t have the promised son, and that he and his wife, Sarah, were getting very old, and time was running out for the possibility of the promise to be fulfilled.
Like Abraham, we too are an interesting combination of what we might call “impatient patience.” We are willing to wait while at the same time anxious for it to happen. Sometime I wonder if our real prayer really is, “Lord, grant us patience and grant it right now.”
The Spiritual Gift of Patience teaches us to trust God and that what is to happen, will happen, when it is supposed to happen. It is best now to plant seeds, and when they sprout, go to the field every night, pull out a plant and measure its growth. To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.
Read: Psalm 13:1-6
What have you or are you waiting for now that leads you to ask “How long, O Lord?”