16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16–18)
The patience of many people is running thin these days. Between the social distancing restrictions of COVID-19, the racial tensions, and the rioting that is tearing up cities across America—patience is a virtue that is in short supply. Patience is something all of us desperately need.
I made a list of all the benefits of patience that I could think of:
- Patience keeps us from worrying.
- Patience reduces stress.
- Patience keeps us from being bitter.
- Patience helps us to listen to other people more.
- Patience helps us love each other.
- Patience keeps us from rushing ahead of God’s plan.
- Patience helps us sleep at night instead of fretting.
- Patience helps us make better decisions.
Patience is a critical virtue. As Christians, patience is especially important because our Lord is so patient with us.
There’s an ancient Jewish legend that Abraham once invited an old man into his tent for a meal. The old man refused to give thanks to God for the meal. Furious that the man would dishonor God, Abraham kicked him out.
Later God came to Abraham and asked about the old man. “Where is he?” “Well Lord, he did not respect You or give thanks to You, so I drove him away.” Sadly God replied, “I have patiently endured him for eight decades, and you could not spend one night with him?”
O Lord, give us Your patience with others! Do you remember the kid’s song about patience?
Have patience, Have patience,
Don’t be in such a hurry.
When you get impatient
You only start to worry.
That God is patient too.
And think of all times
When others have to wait on you!
I think sometimes us adults need to go back and review those Sunday School songs that we hammered into the kids!