I have always wondered what it would like to be a patient person. An average day in the life of Jordan Stone is filled with instances and actions that scream impatience.
I am in a hurry whenever I drive somewhere, regardless of whether or not I am in the proverbial “pinch.” And if you know me well, for me to be late means that the previous night brought the rarely seen blue moon. I talk write fast, read fast, and talk even faster. Every time my wife and I go out on a date she has to remind me to eat slowly – you have no idea how hard that is for me – so we can enjoy our meal together.
The constant impatience and hurry is a problem not just practically, but spiritually. Paul exhorted his young apprentice Timothy to
Preach the word; be read in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching – 2 Timothy 4:2
I love to meditate on this verse, but up until a few weeks ago I rarely thought much about the command to preach and exhort with patience.
Too often I am anxious (read impatient) for people to grow in maturity of the grace and knowledge of our Lord, forgetting how long it took me to grow in grace and knowledge. And I am still not there. So what can we do to grow in the fruits of patience?
Pray and remember the patience of God in His dealings with us. Let us not be like those who presume upon the patience of God (Romans 2:4), rather let us stand back in amazement that God is continually patient with sinners like us.