We glory in tribulations also: knowing the tribulations bring about patience; and patience, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5:3-5 (NASB)
Waiting for something, for example relief from suffering, is not patience. The excitement of a teenager anticipating a driver’s license cannot be rushed. You can open birthday presents early, even though your birthday has not arrived, but the state will not hand over its confirmation that you are a licensed driver until you reach the appropriate age.
Patience is not the fact that we had to wait to receive it. We were going to have to wait anyway. We had no choice in the matter.
Neither is patience apathy, an attitude of not caring if a certain deadline passes or not. A person may endure a crisis simply because they perceive that crises and suffering are simply a part of the life God has dealt them, and if it is not this particular trial, it would simply be a different one.
No, patience involves our attitude and actions while we wait for the future to arrive. Our emotions may involve a desire to be free from some form of difficulty or they may center on some highly anticipated event yet to come. Either way, patience is grounded in the firm belief that our Heavenly Father is caring for us and overseeing all that occurs. We can be certain that, in His perfect timing, we will receive deliverance or blessing. We can trust in Him completely because He is entirely faithful and compassionate in His dealings with us. Patience is a quiet longing for what God has in store for us. What are you patiently waiting for, today?