Why Modern-day Christians Struggle With Patience
Why Modern-day Christians Struggle With Patience
Jesus Tending to His Precious Lambs
Patience is a Virtue Pt.1
Patience is a Virtue Pt. 2
Patience is a Virtue Pt.3
While here on earth, you have thought only of filling your own stomachs and having a good time. But now you are like fat cattle on their way to be butchered. You have condemned and murdered innocent people, who couldn’t even fight back.
My friends, be patient until the Lord returns.
-James 5:5-7 (CEV)
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men."
-Matthew 5:13 (NKJV)
Why Do Christians Struggle With Patience?
It is not easy being a Christian in today's world. Technological gadgets in our pockets keep us always connected to the online world.
When Christians have to sit still for more than a minute, many take to Twitter to share their state of boredom to the world, rather than seek God with their minds. "Please help me" is no longer cried out to God until a person is on their deathbed.
Nowadays, God is thought of more as a "genie in a lamp" than the Creator that loves His creation, and it's only getting worse.
What happened to the intimate relationship with Jesus?
"That takes too long," says no one, but this thought is nonetheless reverberated by our godless actions. There has to be an explanation. Let's go back to where it all started.
It All Started in the Garden...
God walked daily with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. He had one request of them: Do not eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Just think about it: Adam and Eve lived in a perfect world, and walked with God.
Did God have to watch them 24/7?
God entrusted Adam and Eve with his one rule. Adam and Eve were created for God's pleasure, but he didn't create them as a puppet master. He gave them free will.
There was only one rule for Adam and Eve. They broke it, and gave Satan free reign over the Earth.
Satan gladly took over.. At that moment, Adam and Eve gave up their authority over the Earth to Satan. Ever since, evil has shown its thorny head.
Then Jesus Walked Among Men
In the time that Jesus lived on the Earth, people lacked patience. The people of Israel wanted a King to take authority over the world. They wanted a King to rule with an Iron Fist.
However, God had something else in mind. He came to Earth as Jesus to show how a perfect man (or woman) should live. He had patience with the very people that would put him on a cross after intense torture.
Yet there were even examples of when Jesus showed a righteous anger for the things of God.
Does this mean that Jesus lacked patience?
Jesus was intentionally passionate about true worship in the temple. But greedy people turned even worship into a "Las Vegas-style" sideshow to make money. This angered Jesus, yet he sinned not.
Today's Christians Are Impatiently Waiting
If God shares with us in the Bible the importance of patience, then Christians should take it seriously. If people were having difficulty with patience 2,000 years ago, how much harder is it to have patience in today's world?
They didn't even have smartphones back then.
Fast communication back then was sending a message by carrier dove, by horseback, or by way of a sprinter.
James 5:7 (verse to the above right) tells us to patiently wait until the Lord Jesus returns.
The struggle today for many Christians is to find the quiet time to sit down and read the Bible. There are too many distractions. The TV is on all the time, and when the TV is not on, then we are on our smartphones. Some people even work all day long with earbuds in, so they can drown out the day with music.
If you have to be dulled every moment of your day with entertainment, where is God going to fit in?
For the Christian, if you aren't moving forward in your spiritual walk, you are moving backward. There is no neutral gear in life. If you aren't sharp, then your faith and spiritual awareness is getting duller by the day.
Then, at a moment of weakness, is when temptation comes. Morals fly out the window because Christians have allowed themselves to get dull.
What happens when salt loses its saltiness?
It is useless and no longer good for anything. (See Matthew 5:13 to the above right)
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Lord, Grant Me Patience
In an "On Demand" world, it not easy to teach patience to our kids. Instant streaming content means that you no longer have to wait for your favorite show to come on TV. You can watch it all right now, or whenever you want it. There is absolutely no patience required to live in today's world.
The world gets just a little faster every day, and people forget what it was like to wait in line.
In fact, you may notice that when people have to wait in a line at the grocery store, they get annoyed after a short period of waiting, because they simply lack patience.
Children Are an Eye-Opener to Patience
When children enter the picture, life slows down when you have to wait on a child to complete simple tasks. If you have multiple children, life might even seem to speed up and move at the speed of light.
Fact: A parent that doesn't have patience can't teach patience to their children. It might even be said that parents have to be learn patience from their child before they can display it back.
In parenthood, you learn very quickly that you must have patience with a little child. A child needs love, and a gentle answer from a loving parent shows compassionate love.
If you find that you are struggling with being patient, then ask God to grant you patience.
Meditate on the verses in the below table on patience.
Bible Verses on Patience
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
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