Culture and Patience
People hate waiting.
It seems as though 90% of new inventions are for the purpose of making a task perform at a greater speed.
Look at the wonderful invention of the telephone. This is an example of an invention that introduced a quicker way to do something. In this case, to talk to someone. Now think of cars, fast food restaurants, the internet – the list goes on.
Now, I’m no anthropologist, but I would think that many would agree with me that with the steep increase of technological advancements and inventions, comes a steep decrease of patience.
Words like lineups, delays, traffic, wait-times, and even patience have become enemies. The idea or thought of having to wait for something is beyond terrifying and often results in rage and/or utter annoyance.
Without getting into the many cultural and societal behaviours that initially started and sustains this “lack of patience” that so many of us have, it’s interesting to note how this issue plays a role in the lives of Christians.
Christians and Patience
Christians seem to be becoming increasingly impatient in their life of loving God and loving others – an obvious result of culture. Many Christians speak of a lack of fervour, passion, and love in regards to their faith in Christ – yet at the same time don’t give any time to “wait” on the Lord. Coincidence? Not at all.
You see, waiting on the Lord is a discipline.
To wait on the Lord is to follow Christ in everything and everywhere He goes. If Christ goes, you go; if Christ turns, you turn; if Christ rests, you rest. The story of Ruth following Naomi comes to mind (Ruth 1:15-18).
Waiting on the Lord is all about relationship and obedience.
Jesus, Our Example
Our example is Jesus Himself, as He only did what His Father told Him to do. We even read of Christ waiting even when it seemed wrong (John 11:1-7). He did this for God’s glory.
As the culture around us becomes more and more impatient in their lives, remember the discipline of waiting on the Lord. This will not only open up a greater relationship with God and others, but it will also begin to train you to be more patient in the world.
Let’s remember the wise words Isaiah:
“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:30-31