Is Patience Still A Virtue? Practicing Patience

Is Patience Still A Virtue? Practicing Patience

Fast Food Type of Life

You got to go get it yourself! You cant just wait and see! It’s your life and you have to get the ball rolling. These are phrases that are very prevalent in our generation. We live in a society where taking control of your life is applauded. We are pushed to create things for ourselves, to set things up for ourselves, to work hard, and break barriers. Do we still have patience?

As millennials, we are accustomed to the now, and the tech rise has not aided to that. There is a culture of fast food that has infiltrated life outside of our dinner plates. I can have fresh warm cookies at 2 am, (Insomnia cookies), shop for clothes and communicate with my cousins in England all in one night. There are so many ways now a day to do things quickly. Although the change has improved some aspects of life, it has also had a detrimental effect on our ability to be still and wait.

 Patience Is Still A Virtue

Slow and steady wins the race. This is not to say that moving forward and fast is always a negative, but moving forward at an unhealthy pace leads to a crash. But how do we stay still and move at an authorized pace in a world that tells us to go, go, go? We have to remember that our pauses don’t push us back. You are still on time, no matter how the world might see it. So what if you haven’t been married and you are 30, or you haven’t started your dream job by 25? your timing is your timing, and it is safer to walk at God’s pace than a manmade pace that has no substance.

Satan’s Temptations

I haven’t always been the best with patience. I am writing this not as someone that has completely understood the art of waiting, but as a work in progress. God has a plan for our lives, it is a wonderful and beautiful plan. How will we see the fruit of God’s plan when we don’t stay on the narrow path created for us? We must stay anchored to His timeline rather than our own. We have to fight the enemy because He will try to persuade us that our God-ordained timeline is not fit for our lives.

Satan loves to throw lies at us, lies that are appealing, just look at how Satan tempted Jesus while He was praying.

Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’

and,

‘In their hands, they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ( Matthew 4:5-6)

The devil will even use God’s promises to throw you off. ” marriage is Godly, why don’t you start dating”, ” that job is lucrative, God doesn’t want you to be poor”, ” move to that place, it’s time for a fresh start”. Although these things don’t sound bad, if they don’t come from God, then they will not produce good fruits. Like Jesus, we have to be aware that the devil is so desperate that he will even use the word of God to fool us. Fortunately, we know the untainted truth and we can fight back.

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Fight Back Like Jesus

Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”[c] ( Matthew 4: 7)

But you know what it takes to fight like Jesus? You have to have the word of God hidden in your heart, have such an intimate relationship with Christ that you can test any word that comes to your mind. “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” ( 1 Corinthians 14:33)

Moving With The Presence Of God

I love the story of Moses, he was a man after God’s own heart. He kneeled at the father’s feet and would not make a move without getting approval. He said to God, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here” ( Exodus 33:15). That is my prayer for us all. We will be so anchored in God, that we will be uncomfortable to leave His presence. We will trust God enough to know that He is not withholding anything, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless” ( Psalm 84:11).

The enemy will try to bless or offend you out of the place God wants you to be in. He literally will send false positives your way to make you think that it is time to move on. He will send a package that looks good but is not of God. But the Holy Spirit will help us discern a bad package with pretty wrapping from a good one. The enemy will also plant seeds of offense in your heart to push you out. That job you were once grateful for will no longer interest you. You will start believing that you are too good for it, that you deserve it, and that it is too little for where God is taking you.

Stay Rooted

We cannot let satan push us out of the place God has asked us to be in. When we do this we will miss the necessary lessons. The enemy sends good things in ungodly timing, and sadly a lot of us fall for this. But that is why it is important to literally test every spirit. We must use discernment and wisdom with EVERYTHING sent our way.

Don’t be fooled, moving past a season quickly can be fatal. Just because you can go through a drive-thru and get your dinner, doesn’t mean that you should do the same with your life. Slow and steady wins the race, more importantly obeying God and letting Him open your doors is key.

Let’s trust that there is nothing that God is withholding from us. Let’s not allow Satan to push us out of where we have been placed. Enjoy the season that you are in, once it’s gone, it’s gone. We need to be patient, wait on God, and refuse to move without His presence.

” Be Still and Know that I am God” ( Psalm 46:10)

 

Stay blessed,

2 Comments

  1. October 10, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    I resonated with this a lot. We often don’t recognize that Satan uses good things to distract us from following Christ in His timing. I often think of social media as an example of this. I know that Instagram is not a bad thing, and it can be used for so much good, but with every marketing expert telling you that you HAVE to post every day and you HAVE to do this and that and the other thing, we feel crummy when all we can give to our little platforms a couple hours a week.

    But you’re right. We don’t have to rush. We don’t have to listen to what other people tell us we have to do in relationships, in social media, in whatever, if it doesn’t line up with God’s Word. He has the final say on what is good for our lives, and He is never wrong.

    • ktchuindjo
      October 11, 2017 / 7:29 pm

      Absolutely! I think your point with social media is so spot on and is relevant to blogging and bussiness ect.. there are so many tactics out there on how to be successful,but we have to make sure that God is our primary source of advice!

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