We were in a hurry to catch up with a meeting in Eruwa but we needed to pick up a new cartridge for the office printer. I ran into one of those road side stores that sell computer accessories.
Glory to God! The exact thing that I needed was there. It was slightly expensive but why not pay some money and then gain time. Wise decision. By the next day when we tried the cartridge, it was a fake one.
Patience is part of the equation of Faith. When Faith abandons process and patience, it becomes a courtship with folly. No matter how much a man or woman of faith you are, the prerequisite course for excelling in faith is called patience.
“…but imitators, behaving as do those who through faith (by their leaning of the entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) and by practice of patient endurance and waiting are [now] inheriting the promises”.
Hebrews 6:12 AMPC
Obtaining the promise is like riding a bicycle, you must learn how to balance both faith and patience. This patience must be practised. It does not come naturally to any of us. You learn it through practice.
But if we hope for what is still unseen by us, we wait for it with patience and composure.
Romans 8:25 AMPC
How do you learn this patience? You subject what seem to be answers to your prayers and waiting to God’s light. Seek His face before hugging any solution. What looks like a 5-star miracle can be devil’s alternative that will bury the real answer 6-feet under the ground.
It is this practice that the writer of Hebrews calls “running with patience”.
That brother is fine and ticks all the box. You speak in tongues when you see him. Your heart skips a beat. He looks like the answer but have you practiced the patience of seeking God’s face?
That job looks like your prayer took the express to heaven but have you asked whether it is the one for you. What if that is the alternative that will ensure you forget about the pursuit of God’s will for you?
May you not call result what the devil packaged to derail you from the path of faith. May you not celebrate as testimony what heaven recorded as a failed test of patience and endurance.