The virtue of patience PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 February 2018 13:46


BY Berlie G. Yap

“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.” (Js. 5:7, ESV)

Patience is more expensive than gold or diamonds. Thus, he who has it is actually rich! How much patience do you have? Often, our patience is tested by God when we are fully unaware of it. God is our silent witnessall the time,who grades our response or reaction to situations we are exposed of. If we passed, He right away brings us to a higher level. What if we fail? God shall wait until we pass eventually!

Rick Warren said that life here on earth is surrounded with three letter T’s.To wit: trust, test and temporary assignment. Promotion doesn’t just apply to an employment, it manifests in all of the areas of our lives. St. James pounded that we copy the patience of farmers. Well, farmers are naturally patient people. They are willing to wait for the harvest, despite that such harvest is only a contingent thing—it may or may not happen, depending to the cycle of our climate.

Hence, we can learn at the same time that patience is the triplet sister of hope and faith. Any patient person is as well a hopeful and a person of faith. No wonder God blesses every day patient people. The patience of the Japanese people is extra-ordinary. After the WWII, the Japanese had to go through their toughest test in their entire history as a nation.

They had to literally be patient in their test ofpoverty and shame. But they waded their storms one at a time. In fact, they are able to translate their value of patience into all of their endeavors. For example, you probably have heard that mechanics in Japan do not stop their work,just to taketheir lunch,not until they are done! Patience have become their daily etiquette.

So, we should not wonder why Japan is very wealthy. God must have blessed their patience. There was a young man who was able to enroll in one of our universities in the City as a scholar. His mother is a single mom. Though she worked in a government office, yet her meager salary couldnot sustain their family of four siblings—three of them were in college.

This young man would have to go to school with little allowance. For sure, there were times where he could see his wealthy classmates, in their bigger allowance, spending for expensive meals in school. But this poor young man had no other choice but to stay to his limits. He was patient to finish engineering. It was the grace of God that he could take the board exam, right away after his graduation.

He passed the board exam and take one! It wasn’t mere luck or pure study. Well, the two could also be present in the process, but the bigger chunk of his story was the blessings of God! He easily won the heart of the Father. Fast forward: he is now employed to a big company in our City, and is presently receiving a high salary. Again, patience is a ticket to receive God’s blessings.

Now, let us talk about the opposite:in our impatience, we can blow our supposed blessings. Esau was the elder of his twin-brother Jacob. The two had distinct personalities. If Esau was an outgoing boy, Jacob was a stay-home mama’s kid. Esau was a hunter, Jacob was a farmer. One day, Esau had arrived home extremely hungry from a hunting expedition.

He saw Jacob cooking some lintels. He begged the latter to give him a bowlful of the sumptuous meal. He could not wait and was pretty impatient that Jacob used the opportunity to his favor. It was Esau’s birthright. Jacob wittily told him to give him a bowlful of the lintels if Esau would yield to him his birthright. God was offended to the reply of Esau, because he right away gave-in to his twin brother’s trade.

The situation was repeated even a second time. Thus, God swore, “I have loved you, says the LORD. But you ask, how have you loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? the LORD says. Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated…” (Mal. 1:2) Esau’s impatience invited many miseries to his life, and to his coming posterity.

What went wrong to Esau’s formative years? His simple inability to be patient, even on simple matters, had directly affected the molding process of his character. One little impatience brought him to series of disobedience, and even ultimately to turn his back away from God. Indeed, impatience is a serious problem. It is one of the little foxes which can easily spoil the vine.

So, when temptation comes to compromise your patience, please be reminded that it has dire consequences which you may both regret and suffer. But there is always hope. You can start back anew. You may come to the Lord and ask Him to give you the grace to be patient. FYI: patience can cause extra-ordinary joy in your journey called LIFE. Have patience daily! God bless you.