Patience In A Impatience World
A year ago, I and some colleagues of mine had the opportunity of attending and presenting at a conference at Cambuslang, Scotland.
This was facilitated by our supervisor who spurred us on. It was an awesome and thrilling experience; accommodation already catered for; with the opportunity to interact and network with people working in various sectors.
The basis of this devotion stems from when I was set to leave Cambuslang. I had earlier purchased tickets that would take me from Piccadilly, Manchester to Glasgow Central and to Cambuslang. My colleagues had purchased tickets that were similar, but a one way ticket via a different train. However, we all went aboard the same train from Cambuslang; Glasgow Central. At Glasgow Central, my train was to depart for 5:30pm as confirmed by my ticket.
However, my colleagues’ train had arrived two hours ahead of mine. Rather than waiting for mine, I instead accompanied them on their train, which was not my scheduled train. When the train attendant was cross-checking tickets and came across mine, he immediately offered me the option of either making payment for the train I was onboard or they would drop me at the next train station.
This was due to the fact my ticket wasn’t scheduled upon the train I was onboard which is further linked to the fact I didn’t feel like being left behind waiting for the next 2 hours for my scheduled train. I was dropped down at Carlisle station from where I had to wait before I got onto my designated train back to Manchester Piccadilly.
Why did I share you may ask? We live in a world that wants everything fast, a microwave age I would describe our generation. Our nature before we came into recognition of the beauty of the cross was constantly impatient. It was impatience that led Cain to kill Abel because if he was patient enough to learn from his mistakes through his brother, he would have had his next offering accepted. It was impatience that led Sarah to convince her husband to take in Hagar in order to birth her a child which led to the consequences that followed. It was impatience that led Moses to strike the rock than to speak to the rock that caused him not to possess the land apportioned to him (Genesis: 4 v 6-16: 1- 5; Num.20: 8-12)
(Hebrew: 10 v 35–37) NKJV says “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward”.
Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised. For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. I had the opportunity to wait; enduring some hours before I embarked on my proposed train bound for Manchester but joined in with my colleagues onboard their train.
How many times have we been pressurized in joining the camp of the crowd, be it in business, relationships, education, or choice of job? God never intended that we be crowd followers, but Christ followers. He only knows our future which is good not of evil, but grant we the privileged of accessing His expected end for us. On the voyage to Rome, when Paul was in the tempest with the other prisoners, who he had warned of the sailing due to the bad weather, his warning was ignored. He called the crew together and said,
“Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete, and incurred this disaster and loss. And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship” (Acts: 27 v 21-22) NKJV
This further display a symbolic truth that when we yield to God’s word, holding on patiently unto His will regardless of time, we will avoid the impending loss, pain or damage within a situation.
God is indeed a merciful God, in spite of the pain, consequences or probably damage we may have passed through our impatience. He is ever ready to take us to a designated point where we could make amends on our prior choices made and God’s word will still be fulfilled. God’s will was still fulfilled in the life of Abraham, in that through Sarah, the promised child would be born named Isaac.
Thus, this should encourage us not to feel that all hope is lost due to consequences of our impatience. Thus, if we are sincere to come unto God in true repentance, He is ever ready to restore His joy, the joy of salvation in our lives and His will over our lives will be fulfilled. We are to shine the light of God’s glory as patient beings manifesting the fruit of patience through the Holy Spirit as rooted in God’s word unto an impatient world.