Okay with Waiting—Day 2
Proverbs 25: 15
“By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, And a soft tongue breaks the bone.”
What an oxymoron. To gain influence with one in authority, be patient with them. That thought seems to go against the conventional wisdom that is prevalent in our world today.
Nonetheless, as believers, in spite of how peculiar a biblical precept may seem we must still hang our hats on God’s Word.
The scripture says, “By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded.” In Hebrew the word forbearance is, ôrek, o´-rek; it is a word that means length. The overall sense of the word is the linear extent in space from one end to the other, or in the common language patience.
It is a big hurdle for most of us to restrain ourselves from something we want now. Forbearance is being okay with allowing something to go the distance, and having enough self-restraint to endure the waiting period.
Remember: To impact change often requires putting up with what we want to change longer than we would like.
No matter how badly we may want something and in spite of how quickly we may want it, there are some things we are unable to receive until we go the distance.
Being patient is being willing to go the distance whatever that distance may be. We don’t get to choose how long the waiting process will last. We are still expected to wait.
What is the length of one foot? Answer: 12 inches. What is the length of a yard? Answer: 36 inches. What is the length of a meter? Answer: 39.370 inches. To remove a single increment from either measurement will alter the length of all, and to refuse to go the full length in being patient fails to reach our destination.
Since forbearance (Patience) means length, the distance between one point and another; we must be willing to go the full length to achieve our necessary outcome. God knows how long it will take before we see a change with either the people or situations that seem unyielding. However, one thing is for certain, we must have the patience to go the distance, and anything short of that distance gives us a different outcome than what the Lord desires.
Change can be made, but when that change involves dealing with obstinate people or situations—it requires patience. So, go the length.
Question: Are you patient?
Lord, the life of a believer is one that requires being patient please help us to master this virtue, Amen.