Day 19 of 21 Day Daniel Fast – Waiting can be a tedious and arduous task when you are expecting an answer to your prayers to come down ASAP; however, as cliche as this sounds “patience is a virtue” and by virtue, it is indeed a difficult thing to strengthen in a microwave society that expects things to be produced immediately. Just because society has become accustomed to this microwave way of thinking doesn’t mean that in the Kingdom of God we can treat such important matters with the same mentality. God’s Kingdom has value and the things that God has for us has great Value and as such, we have to learn to cultivate patience which is a specific virtue to obtaining the things we need in order to become highly effective people in our society that needs to see God as the answer. Because God is our answer, we have to understand that Great things come to those that wait and that a blessing delayed is not a blessing denied. Unfortunately, we can abort its arrival to our address if we start to become impatient and seek other avenues that are ungodly to receive the answers we seek. This is characteristic of rebellious behavior; a culmination of a level of faithlessness, unbelief, and an uncommitted heart which is derived from DISOBEDIENCE.
When others choose the path of disobedience to obtaining the things they want, what they don’t realize is that such behaviors may allow them to receive what they seek in an attractive package, but the consequence to their actions will ultimately bring them pain and misery as a result once they realize that what they settled for may not have been designed to fit their destiny. Wait for Gods best rather than settling for less than the best. Yes, you have to wait, but waiting for a promise that will give you a lifetime of joy is better than settling for a hasty decision that brings a lifetime of pain likened to living without peace and feeling like everyday is a living hell. Avoid making hasty decisions. An example of such disastrous ideas could be choosing the wrong mate as a life partner because of the impatient desire for God to reveal His best handcrafted for you, or choosing the wrong school for your education, or choosing the wrong occupation or job out of desperation just to work but not really seeking God to direct you to the right place for you to work in or trusting Him to take you to the right connections that are aligned to your destiny.
We must understand that God is committed to His Jeremiah 29:11 in your life but are you committed enough to wait patiently for that long awaited valuable answer or blessing that you seek in your life? If we choose to be impatient as we wait for what God has for us, we potentially can make life changing, destiny altering decisions that have lasting ramifications not just in your life but in future generations to come. This is a serious thing that we should understand when we await what God has for us. Think of Esau, he despised his birthright for a morsel of food and the blessing that was intended for him was handed over to his brother (Genesis 25:19-34). It was said that he sought for his blessing with tears (Hebrews 12:17). You don’t want to end up like that now do you? I Know I don’t. Don’t allow doubt to rob you of the virtue of Patience. Patience is a character building trait and let me tell you, I for one am still workin’ on it. It is a difficult thing to cultivate but I believe it is worth while to nurture since the benefits of it are that you gain wisdom, understanding along the way in order to maintain the promise once you receive it. Purpose to wait patiently for God’s best and don’t allow disobedience to rob you of the best that is yet to come.
Scriptures to Meditate
Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.
Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.
See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.
17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.
being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
1 Timothy 1:16
But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.