Patience…a Virtue or a Crutch?

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October 14, 2014 by holy rollin hooker

It's tight...but it's right

It’s tight…but it’s right

There are tons of scriptures in the Bible that urge us to be patient in general as well as when waiting on God. We all know that God’s timing is not our timing and that, in fact, God’s timing can sometimes be mind-numbingly slow. However, is there a point where patience can go from being a desirable quality to being an excuse for inactivity? We sometimes like to say that we’re waiting on God when, in actuality, we just don’t have the will or the courage to move on our own.

This is not to say that there aren’t times when we’ll have to wait on God. He will often bring us to that point just to test our staying power and stretch our faith, but those points don’t come as often as we might think. Whenever we reach a difficult crossroads, we tend to think that our only choice is to stand there and wait for God to point us in the right direction. God isn’t always going to do that. If he did, we’d be little more than babies to him and all but useless. If we are always waiting on God to do something for us, we are never proactively seeking solutions ourselves.

Oftentimes we tend to associate great patience with great faith. The longer we demonstrate that we are able to wait on God, the greater our faith is. That may be true in some instances because there are definitely times when we have no choice but to use our faith to wait on God as in the case of looking for the right mate or waiting on a healing. In most cases, though, our faith requires more of us than just the ability to be patient. It requires some action on our part. If your dream is to be an entrepreneur, than just sitting around and waiting for God to drop a successful business into your lap probably isn’t going to get you anywhere.

Again, while patience can most certainly be a show of faith, the bigger show of faith is in action. It takes far more belief in God’s divine purpose on our part to get up and do something than it takes to sit and wait for God to tell us exactly what to do and how to do it. We can take the same amount of faith we were using to simply wait and apply it to believing that God will make the best of the choices we make.  I do think it’s important to note that this only works when you make wise, thoughtful choices. If you go around doing a bunch of stupid stuff, then there is no point in believing that God will fix everything. If all your choices tend to turn out to be the complete worst choice you could’ve made, then the best thing for you to do would be to wait patiently for some divine guidance. And while you wait, you would do well to ask God for some wisdom too.

In closing, don’t let your patience go from being a virtue to being a crutch. If you find yourself waiting far more often than moving, then maybe, just maybe, God is waiting on you.

Useful Scriptures: James 2:17

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