One of the first listed characteristics of love in the famous list in 1 Corinthians 13 is patience: “Love is patient….”
God is Love – therefore we can expect that he is patient. Understanding that is helpful. Unfortunately, some Christians, when asked, believe that God is angry and vengeful, a tyrant impossible to please – the thought of him being patient with them is unrealised.
As we grow up to be more like our Father in heaven, then we will – very gradually – become more patient. And understanding patience will in turn mean that we understand him better.
Today’s reading helps me:
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:14)
Waiting is patience. And that patience is not something scarey and weak – we are to be strong in that, we are to have courage during the waiting, and who/what we are waiting for is the Lord.
In this, we please God.
“The Lord is pleased with those who respect him, with those who trust his love.” (Psalm 147:11)
If you are waiting for his help today, trusting, know that He is patient. And He is pleased with you.