Patience and Process Vs. Convenience

Min. Misti Sawyer

            Patience is one of the more emphasized characteristics of Elohim in the Word.  Even in Genesis, we observe great patience as he created the Earth. Did you ever notice that God, who is all-powerful, took 6 days to create the Earth?  Why didn’t He just speak it all into existence at once?  God, Himself, showed patience in taking His time with creation, as it speaks to His purpose and plan.

            We live in a world that teaches us impatience, which makes sense considering that the world is ruled by Satan and his kingdom.  Things are invented daily for the sake of convenience, as we want to do things with the least amount of effort. We want to skip the process and get straight to the results that we desire. The danger of being swept up in a world of convenience is that we expect God to move on our time, and act in a way that contradicts his nature. Elohim is a loving Father who shapes our character to reflect him, and it’s all done through the process of growing pains. Through these processes, if we truly seek Him, we develop a much deeper intimacy in our relationship with Him. I can personally share, that it was through the hardest time in my life, that God and His love really became real to me. Through every process, our faith grows a little more, and a little more.

            Sadly, where our Father uses a process to develop our relationship with Him and others, convenience has conditioned us to be anti-social.  There was a time when we would “Go Ye” and visit, but then it became easier to just make a phone call. Now phone calls seem inconvenient, as it’s easier to text or just connect on Facebook.  Convenience allows us to be more focused and consumed on self, which is entirely against the will, character, and heart of our Father.  Have you ever noticed that when things are done out of convenience, they lack the same quality as those things that take time and patience?  A microwaved meal isn’t nearly as good as a meal prepared fresh and cooked in the oven.  A phone call or text isn’t nearly as special as when we get together in person with the ones we love.  There will always be something of value missing when we take the road of convenience.

            The most important thing to remember here is what is shown to us in Luke 21:19:

In your patience possess ye your souls.

Through the various processes that our Father takes us through, He is also teaching us endurance, which the Word tells us we need in these end times. Our Father teaches us with great wisdom; he is aware of all we need to endure so that through Yeshua/Jesus we can spend eternity with Him. Satan doesn’t want us to endure, as he understands how this benefits the Kingdom of God. As he continues in his attempts to condition us to convenience, allow Holy Spirit to lead you in all things. May we not fight our Father’s process but surrender to it; knowing our life is not our own nor is it meant to be consumed on ourselves. Let’s set our hearts on seeking the meaning of our processes with patience, and not thwarting His will by seeking convenience.

James 1:2-4

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

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