Ecclesiastes 7:8, “The end of a thing is better than its beginning; The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”
Patience. For most, this is something that comes in short supply. It must be worked on, caressed , nurtured, and groomed into what it should be. We must be patient as God is patient. He deals with us, a sinful society of people. If God can be patient with us, we can be patient with what we deal with in life. Patience will get us through the ebb and flow of life.
How much sweeter is the end than the beginning? When you start something, it seems great at first but as it progresses, it begins to become frustrating, especially if things do not go right. When opposition comes, our patience goes down. When something ends though (you complete a degree for college, you build a shed, you make a recipe), it is tons of relief to have finished. It makes all the patience of waiting for the thing to happen.
It is like Christmas as a child. Waiting to open the presents. Waiting for the parental units to wake up so that gift paper can fly. That is patience. It is waiting for something to happen. Waiting. Waiting can be so hard, though. Waiting is not the fun part. The beginning can be fun. The end is good. It is the middle that can be the hardest part.
Patient comes from the Hebrew word ârêk, aw-rake’; long:—long(-suffering, -winged), patient, slow (to anger). Long. Long like waiting all year round for one day to occur. Long like waiting for a birthday, Christmas, or any other special day. Patience also involves being slow to anger. When a child will not listen, you must be slow to anger. Patient. Patient with your actions and patient with your words. Patient until the end of days patient.
Patience is better than pride. No one want to hear from a proud person. They are puffed up and arrogant and tend to show-off. No one want to endure that. Like the athlete that goes on and on about how great he or she is to the musician that wants to share how he or she pulled themselves up from nothing into extreme riches. This stories are good and all but no one wants to hear a steady diet of that. This would not make for someone to be slow to anger. More like quick to anger and tuning out.
A patient person is a much more enjoyable person. They tend to listen more without getting angry. They will listen to what is going on in other’s lives. A patient person is of much more worth than a proud person. Pride is not of God. Patient is love and love is of God. God is love.
God is so patient. He has been since Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. When the Israelites complaining in the wilderness with Moses. When we complain and call Him names when we don’t get what we want. God is so slow to anger. But there are times when God’s anger spills over. Sodom and Gomorrah, for example. Yes, fire from the sky. God is patient to a point. A perfect point. Just like there is a right time to counsel your children, God finds the right time to counsel us. Teach us. Instruct and chastise us. Put us back in line.
We need patience like God has patience. God has unlimited patience. We have a finite amount and yet, we need to keep working on it. Daily, hourly, even by the minute depending on the situation. Remember, patience is linked to love and love is linked to God. With God, there is patience. If this is an area of struggle, like it is for me, pray about it. Ask for it. God will be there to help. God will answer prayer. Maybe not right at the minute you ask but He will answer. He may just say, “I am with you and will help you through it all.”
We are not perfect. You know this. We are not always patient like You. I pray that those that struggle with patience come to You for help. I pray You help them to deal with whatever they are dealing with at the time. Everyone has unique issues. Unique lives. You know each and every person and what each and every person needs. I pray that You continue to be there for us like You always are.
In Your name we pray,