Patience: The Good Medicine

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James 1:2-4

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be made perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

I can be honest with you all because this is my blog, and I believe that honest ministry is the best ministry. There are three main areas in my life that I’m waiting to be addressed: my ministry, my career, and my relationship. I know that God wants to bless me in all three areas but sometimes I look up towards Heaven like, “Lord? Where’s it at?” I have scriptures in my spiritual holster about being equipped for ministry and teaching but I still don’t have the position or platform I believe the Lord wants me to have. I know what the Lord says about meditating on His word and making your way prosperous but I still am barely getting by and my gas tank is running on empty. I don’t even have the degree that it would take for me to have the career God wants me to have. And don’t get me started on my love-life! I thank the Lord every day that I have love from above because without it I don’t think I’d survive another day watching my friends on social media laughing it up with their boyfriends and having the most romantic proposals. I even received confirmation from the Lord about my husband and yet, he’s nowhere in sight.

Some days I wake up not enthused about the day ahead because I know it’s just another day without the things I truly desire most. Some nights I’ve cried myself to sleep with the Bible in my hand, knowing what God’s promises are for me but not laying hold of them. Sometimes I can’t help but to ask, “Why, Lord?” or better yet, “When?” But over these last few months of this season I’m in one word has stood out the most: PATIENCE.

Patience is a word that sounds nice but can feel terrible. It’s like medicine: you know it’s good for you but sometimes it’s hard to swallow. When you’re the one prescribing it, it’s all good! But when it’s time for your dose, all of a sudden, this good supplement taste like bitter poison. But when I put my childish ways behind me I can realize that I’m not a child anymore. Both physically and spiritually I’m not a child and I can handle bigger trials and assignments. God says I can so I can! He knows that when issues are coming against my faith I can realize where my strength lies, which is in Him. And when He gives me strength, a part of that strength is the patience to endure the test until I make it out on the other side (and I will make it out, in Jesus Name).

Patience must have it’s perfect work so I can be fully prepared for what God has for me. Patience is my medicine: I don’t necessarily like it but it’s good for me; it strengths me. Patience fixes all of the areas I can’t see so that in due time, I’ll be made better again. Life can have physical, mental, and spiritual damage attached to it but when the Holy Spirit lives inside of you, He is always operating on your behalf to fix you up for the next best thing in your life. Wait on Him and trust that He’s always doing a work.

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