In our society, cultivating patience is increasingly challenging. Distractions such as social media and smartphones are omnipresent, inundating our daily lives and fostering a desire for immediate results and instant gratification. These environments can make it harder to embrace the virtue of patience.
A century ago, in 1923, around 20% of U.S. households had phones, often relying on phone booths. Today, we can instantly reach anyone globally with the push of a button, typically waiting no more than a minute, highlighting how the need for patience in communication has dramatically decreased over time.
Have you ever experienced moments when you’re on the go, and your patience wears thin over minor inconveniences? Perhaps you become slightly frustrated when the traffic light doesn’t transition as swiftly as you’d like, or maybe the queue at the grocery store seems unusually lengthy. Or perhaps you have to be patient through an injury or challenging time.
Nurturing patience, no matter what, has big benefits. It strengthens our minds and spirits. Proverbs 14:29 says, “Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.”
When we practice patience, we rise above life’s challenges, much like an eagle soaring gracefully through the sky. Moreover, patience not only reduces stress but also fosters self-control and deepens our self-awareness.
Patience can be difficult, especially when we are praying for something specific. We may get frustrated when God doesn’t answer us when we want Him to. But when we choose to be patient, we open ourselves up to more guidance and a deeper relationship with Him. Remember, God is always watching over us. When He doesn’t answer us within our desired timeframe, it doesn’t mean He doesn’t love us. It means He is testing our patience.
1. Commit Proverbs 14:29 to memory.