Patience, many people pray to have more of it in their lives. When God answers it is usually by allowing circumstances to arise that require growth [becoming broken] in the area where patience is absent or lacking. It is only in our brokenness that we are then able to successfully honor God with our responses to difficult times in our lives.
Initially my ideas were to merely reflect on patience as related to hassles of everyday life. Most all of us have experienced the slowest line at the grocery store or stand still traffic on the interstate. If you’ve spent any time in the military you know the true meaning of “hurry up, and wait.”
However, as I prayed the Lord opened my eyes to the true value of learning to wait on Him with a spirit of brokenness. He has also caused me to realize the danger that comes from not being broken, humble and willing to wait on the Lord in obedience.
The value of patience is so much more than just waiting in a long line or tolerating a difficult person. Not waiting on the Lord can lead each of us down the path of self-centeredness that yields a demanding spirit of entitlement.
Here in the States our culture is packed with avenues providing immediate gratification. Our inclination to wait, seeking the Lord’s wisdom has become all but extinct in our society. The result is attitudes of me-ism, massive debt and making life choices that take us far from what and who God has designed us to be. This is true even within the Christian community.
Because of the ease of immediate accessibility, value for nearly all things, including life itself, has fallen into the abyss. Let me show you how self-centeredness, a failure to seek God’s wisdom and not waiting on His guidance has yielded a tragic result.
The legal choice of an abortion has devalued human life to the point of overlooking the murder of the innocent. The choice to abort is usually initiated to gain immediate freedom from a very natural and even predictable consequence of another choice for immediate gratification. Would being patient, broken in our spirit and waiting on the Lord truly make a difference?
Over 98 percent of the abortions performed today involve women who simply do not want to have the baby. Less than two percent of abortions are for the reasons of rape, incest, or the mother’s life being at risk.
Of the remaining less than 2 percent of abortions performed, only 1/10 of 1 percent are done “to save the life of the mother.” In many of those cases inducement or C-sections can be performed. Early inducement may result in the death of the baby, but it’s extremely rare that a baby must be actively aborted in order to save the life of the mother. In fact, many physicians say that abortions are rarely necessary to save the life of the mother.
For the small number of remaining pregnancies that are the result of rape or incest, one must ask the question: Is it possible that in this case alone, two wrongs will result in a right? Is the murder of the innocent baby the path to follow to correct the evil acts of the criminal father? Perhaps seeking God’s wisdom and waiting on His direction would bring viable, meaningful alternatives.
Psalm 139:13-16 speaks of God’s active role in our creation and formation in the womb. One could easily conclude that God considers a baby in the womb to be just as much of a human being as a full-grown adult.
Unplanned or even unwanted pregnancy is certainly a difficult challenge. While in the moment, the individual finding themselves in this predicament can easily become overwhelmed with floods of fear and emotions, that pregnancy is not beyond God’s ability to bring about His plan for our good.
Becoming broken as we wait upon the Lord is difficult
Patience requires us to lay aside our agendas, our schedules and simply trust God. As the Spirit produces patience in us He is making us more Christlike. 2 Thessalonians 3:5 speaks of the “patience of Christ” (ASV). Christ is even now patiently awaiting the completion of the Father’s plan: after Jesus “had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time, He waits for His enemies to be made His footstool” (Hebrews 10:12-13). We should be patient, even as our Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus, is patient.
God doesn’t give us a free pass around difficult circumstance or annoying people. Nor, does He prevent us from making self-centered choices. However, in our brokenness He does give us the strength to overcome the circumstance, to show compassion toward the difficult person and to endure as we patiently wait on Him. God longs to refine us for His glory and works in all things for our good (Romans 8:28 – 29).
So, would being patient, broken in our spirit and waiting on the Lord truly make a difference? Patience, after all is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, produced by God’s work in us. In brokenness, as we yield to His call, the fruit of patience comes alive within us. God’s patience is love’s endurance.