We all have times that try our patience. Every single one of us. The saints are no different, yet they were commonly able to keep their patience. Not because of special tricks or just an apt for patience that we will never know, but because they trusted. Have a trying issue? Well, maybe God has given you an opportunity to trust Him. Do you trust that He is planning the greater good?
The other day my son was having a hard time listening. I kept trying to tell him that he needed to do as I ask. Then, he wanted to go give Mom a hug goodnight. Indeed he wanted to hug Mom, but he was trying to stall bedtime as well. So, I gave him a chance. I told him to tell Mom goodnight from upstairs, hoping that he would listen so that I could let him give Mom a hug. He pouted and proceeded to cry and lost his chance for a goodnight hug.
How many times is that us with God? We want what we want, yet God wants to give us so much more that we even want, but we are too blinded that we do not listen. We do not trust that He truly has our greater good in mind and that we need to seize it for ourselves. That is what sin is. Taking when we should be receiving what is given to us.
Patience, yeah that is difficult. I often think it might be easier just to go to Medical School to get patients. ;) In trying times, we are given opportunities. Should it be different? Quite possibly. Jesus must have been thinking the same thing hanging from the Cross. “If only they had never sinned.” Sure, it should not be this way, but we surely should trust God has our greater good in mind.
Jesus, You hung on the Cross for our salvation because of our sins, please help us to have the strength we need in trying times to trust in You rather than lose our patience and our trust in You.