Patience is one of those character traits that everyone values and wants to have, but no one likes to have to use. There's a joke that you should never pray for patience because God will give you situations that will require you to be patient, and that's not really what we want. We want to have the ability to be patient without ever having the necessity of being patient. In the fast-paced world and society that we live in, where we expect things to happen, shipments to arrive, people to respond to us ... all almost immediately, patience is a dying art.

Yet, we are instructed, as followers of Christ, to posses patience. It is invaluable for our relationship with God, our interactions with each other, and our own health.

We are told in 2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance."

God is patient with us for our benefit, and it is important that we are patient as well, not pushing God into our own timeline. His ways are best.

In Isaiah 40:30-31 we read:
"Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint."

Life can be exhausting, and the constant activity and demand is draining, but patience, waiting for God's timing is rejuvenating. We don't need to fix everything, sometimes we just need to wait.

Finally, when it comes to our relationships with each other, patience helps foster peace.

"A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,
but the one who is patient calms a quarrel."
-- Proverbs 15:18

There are so many verses about patience, why it is important, where it comes from, when it is needed, and I encourage you to go find them and read them for yourself, but for now, remember, God is patient with us in all of our mistakes and sins, we should be be patient with God, trusting in His plan and timing, and practicing patience will help lead to peace and renewal.
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