Ps 37:7 Benefits of Patience CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
Patience is not something for which you want to pray. The Lord can definitely teach you patience, but you’d be better off to just learn to be patient and learn to derive the benefits of patience. Patience:
Keeps you from fretting – Ps 37:7 – as a preacher said, “Worry is the advanced interest you pay on trouble that rarely comes.”
Keeps you praying until God answers your prayers – Ps 40:1 – and truly you need to give God time to work out the answers according to his timing and according to the best possible answer, which may not be the very thing for which you are praying.
Improves your fruitfulness – Lk 8:15 – it takes time for you to develop into a fruitful Christian bearing the fruit of the Spirit and it takes time for souls to whom you are witnessing to get saved – like one of our fellows said, “I’m taking it slow with one fellow to whom I’m witnessing because he needs time to digest what I’m saying.”
Yields experience – Rom 5:4 – the longer you live and the more stuff through which you go, the more you learn about the Christian life. Patience helps you acquire spiritual experience.
Strengthens your hope – Rom 15:4 – keeps you confident in the promises of God. I’m just as certain and excited about the return of the Lord today as I have always been though it has been 23 years since the Lord was supposed to have returned in May of 1989 [assuming our calendars were right].
Helps you to get along with others – Rom 15:5 – you give them time and yourself time to develop into better friends.
Keeps you in your race – Heb 12:1 – keeps you from quitting when things get tough.
Increases your acceptance with the Lord – 1 Pet 2:20 – he notices when you are enduring something for which you are not guilty and you just take it.