Patience is something that I have always struggled with. If you are anything like me, you plan and have to know what the next move is. Unfortunately that does not work when you are are believer, and unexpected things get thrown our way for the word says a man can plan but the lord orders his steps. So we can plan all we want, but truly God guides our steps. Knowing this requires true trust and patience.
I wanted to get married by 21, but I got a rude awakening when the engagement fell through and I was stuck canceling a wedding 10 days before. It was a true test of trust and patience.
I remember when I was younger, around 11 years old. My dad left the home, and left my mom and 3 daughters to fend for ourselves. We lost our home and there were times when we did not have food in the fridge, but God kept saying “Trust me.”
There was a time when my mom said, “Amanda, you can go to college but I am sorry, I cannot help you pay for it. The best I can do is provide food and a roof over your head.” I was not upset, I simply said “ok I will trust God”, and I applied for about 10 scholarships a day. That was not enough and by faith I accepted my offer to Pennsylvania State University. It was a few days before the payment was due, and all my classes would be dropped if I did not have the payment, but I knew God was saying, “Trust me.” I went by the financial aid office everyday and either said hi or asked if there was any scholarships they had for me. After some time, when it did not seem like anything was going to happen, I walked into the financial aid office, and the coordinator said “Amanda, there was extra money in the budget, so your tuition is paid off.”
All I could do was praise God.
You see, God has NEVER let us down, and will NEVER let us down. Even if things seem rough right now,we must have patience and trust knowing that our father is working it all out.
When we lost our home, I did not see the light at the end of the tunnel. When I was depressed, and trying to mend my heart from a broken engagement, I did not see the light at the end of the tunnel. When my tuition had no way of being paid, I did not see the light at the end of the tunnel, but God did it and He always will.
When we are impatient, we do not really have trust. When we trust God, we will be patient with His plan, and allow Him to truly turn all things around for the good, like He promised.
Here are some scriptures to help with patience and trust in your walk with God no matter where you are:
- Psalm 9:10 Those who know your name, trust in you, for you lord have never forsaken those who seek you.
- Psalm 84:12 Blessed is the one who trust in you.
- Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.
- Daniel 6:23 [No wound was left on Daniel because he trusted in the lord.]
- Romans 12:12 Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, pray at all times.
- Lamentations 3:25-27 The lord is good to everyone who trusts in Him, so it is best for us to wait in patience… It is best to learn patience in our youth.
- Proverbs 15:18 Hot tempers cause arguments, but patience brings peace.
- Ephesians 4:2 Be humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another.
- John 14:1 Do not let your heart be troubled. You believe in God!
- Romans 15:13 May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace, as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the holy spirit.