So what do I mean by this? Well, let's say you want to buy a new item and you tell yourself you want to be responsible and only pay cash . Maybe a month goes by and you get tired of having to wait to save the money so you whip out the charge card and make the purchase. In this case, you had some level of control over the outcome. The only factors that influenced the outcome was a lack of will power, patience and commitment to your initial goal.
The second scenario involves a situation in which you have no control or options to speed up the outcome. In the case of waiting for medical test results, you are at the mercy of the person processing the results. Sure you could call the doctor's office every day and politely demand a status update, but too much prompting may have quite the opposite effect you were hoping for.
Many times in our walk with Christ, patience is a lesson we have to learn in order to surrender control of our lives so that the He can begin a new work in us. A scriptural buzz phrase commonly incorporated during times in which we are in a state of wait is, "It will happen in God's time, not in my time." This is the believer acknowledging personal submission to Christ and that God knows better than we as to what is in our best interests. Patience is the beginning of building a trusting relationship between us and God.
The other day I was thinking about just how long ago it was that Christ suffered on the cross for our sins. At approximately the year 33AD Jesus said "It is finished!" Over two thousand years later and Jesus still patiently awaits the hour in which His father will initiate His return to gather His elect. Jesus suffered such agony and humiliation in front of all those who loved and hated Him and now He continues to wait patiently for hearts and lives to surrender to Him. I don't know about you, but so far, it is my opinion that Jesus has exhibited the Ultimate Patience! I would have been wondering, just like the Martyrs in heaven in the book of revelation 6:10-11 when my death would be vindicated. The martyrs asked "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.
Because of free will, which God so graciously gave us, Jesus waits and waits and waits for us to make a decision to choose Him over all else. For some, Jesus may have to wait longer than others, and for still others, there may never come a time in which they come to know Jesus due to their rejection of His promises and truth.
As a follower of Christ our most important mission is to learn to wait for our Savior's return. If Christ has had to wait all this time to reap the full glory of His work on the cross, who are we to complain about having to wait for anything? Why do we get caught up in the lies, promises and riches of this world, when if we would just be patient and wait, we could experience something far greater than anything ever hoped for? ETERNAL SALVATION