“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him” (Psalm 40:1,3).

Listen to the testimony of one who speaks of the sure and blessed outcome of patiently waiting on God. True patience is so foreign to our self-sufficient nature, yet so indispensable to our waiting on God. It is an essential element of true faith, and we will see what the Word has to teach us concerning it. The word “patience” is derived from the Latin word for suffering. It suggests the thought of being under some power from which we are eager to be free. At first, we submit against our will. Then experience teaches us that when it is useless to resist, patience is our wisest alternative.

In waiting on God, it is important that we submit not because we are forced to, but because we want to be in the hands of our blessed Father. Patience becomes our highest blessing and our highest grace. It honors God and gives Him time to work His will in us. It is our highest expression of our faith in His goodness and faithfulness. It brings the soul perfect rest in the assurance that God is carrying on His work. It is the evidence of our consent that God deals with us in the way and time He thinks best. True patience loses self-will to His perfect will. And if you sometimes feel patience is not your gift, remember it is God’s gift. Take the prayer from 2 Thessalonians 3:5: “Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God into the patience of Christ.”

Adapted from Power in Prayer by A. Murray