The Fruit of Waiting

"But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against these things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit's leading in every part of our lives." Galatians 5:22-25

Waiting, so often, if not always, gets our attention. Immediately I'm in tune with myself. My priorities, My needs and My desires quickly rise above everything. What is the value in waiting? Is it of any value to Me? Or do I see waiting as a thing that simply interferes with what I think is best for Me?

The Bible talks about "waiting" over 100 times, mentions "patience" 34 times. Clearly we can understand the frequency of this exhortation illustrates the fact that patience is not a strong suit among the majority. And yet, God's word says patience is one of the grand graces He gives His children when we abide in the Holy Spirit.

When I yield to His will, not only is it better for others, but fruitfully better for me. Natural consequences of irritability, anxiety, agitation and frustration are banished. And for the LORD, He is most glorified as I express His character to a world that knows very little the supernatural power of waiting.

"We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love." Romans 5:3-5

by Dana Lange