People always say:
“Don’t pray for patience.”
It’s because that prayer will bring about difficulties we just don’t have the patience to deal with. Sounds like a ‘lose-lose’ situation doesn’t it?
I was beginning to doubt 1st Corinthians 10:13 where we are told that God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear. Those years my ‘patience’ was being worked out, I was ‘tempted’ to hurl rocks at certain individuals, purchase firearms, or invest in explosive devices.
But patience, like everything else, is learned. At first you feel like you’re failing the class, but all those irritating or troublesome situations are God’s curriculum. And over time you’ll find you remain calm in instances that used to cause you much torment.
Proverbs 16:32 says:
“Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.”
Bible Gateway.com’s commentary on this passage reads:
“To overcome our own passions, requires more steady management, than obtaining victory over an enemy.”
Can you understand why God would choose to teach us patience in such a seemingly combative way? It builds up our resistance to stress, irritation, difficulty, and setbacks.
The Bible says that in this life we will have much trouble. That means if we don’t learn to be patient we will probably never be happy.
So, instead today I say, “Pray for patience” because after the hard ‘lessons’ come great rewards like inner strength, peace, joy and wisdom.