In God’s Place, at God’s Pace
Impatience is a form of unbelief. It’s what we begin to feel when we start to doubt the wisdom of God’s timing or the goodness of his guidance. It springs up in our hearts when the road to success gets muddy or strewn with boulders or blocked by some fallen tree. The battle with impatience can be a little skirmish over a long wait in a checkout lane. Or it can be a major combat over a handicap or disease or circumstance that knocks out half your dreams.
The opposite of impatience is not a glib, superficial denial of frustration. The opposite of impatience is a deepening, ripening, peaceful willingness either to wait for God where you are in the place of obedience, or to persevere at the pace he allows on the road of obedience—to wait in his place, or to go at his pace. . . .
How does the psalmist battle against impatience in his heart?
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
And in his word I hope [Psalm 130:5]. . . .
— By John Piper. ©2013 Desiring God Foundation. Website: desiringGod.org.
BONUS: Two Emerging Scholars Network Blog posts which dig into patience . . .
Invitation: If you have a “word”/resource to share with regard to waiting upon the Lord, in particular for those facing difficult circumstances and transitions, please post below and/or email the Emerging Scholars Network. Thank-you.