Hbr 10:36-37 'For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry."
The bills keep coming! The Dr's report is not good. There are pressures on the job. Your relationships are strained and your whole life seems to be spiraling out of of control! You thought you were up for the task of managing your life. After all God, "YOU Promised"!!!
You promised to provide my needs according to your riches in Glory by Christ Jesus! Phl 4:19 You promised to heal my body by sending your Word. Psa 107:20 You Promised that you would give me strength and that I could do all things through Christ. Phl 4:13 You promised to be with me and never leave me! Hbr 13:5 You promised God! Are You listening to my cry?
2Cr 4:8-10 "[We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body." What do you do when you feel like what you've done is not enough and your cry for help is not being heard?
There are times in our lives when the storms of life will send us reeling through the torrents of the sea. We are stretched beyond what we could've ever imagined. We Cry out to Him and it seems as though He doesn't hear us:
Psa 107:25-29 "For He commands and raises the stormy wind, Which lifts up the waves of the sea. They mount up to the heavens, They go down again to the depths; Their soul melts because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, And are at their wits' end. Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, So that its waves are still."
Yes, although we sometimes feel as though He doesn't hear us, He really does. He knows exactly where we are as a loving Father does! And he knows what is needed to prepare us for the promise.
Patience is a Fruit of the Spirit that is developed over time. Gal 5:22 Referred to as "long suffering" (KJV), we often read this passage, over looking the fact that the development of this fruit requires suffering "long". Not the kind of suffering we normally associate with punishment, rather as in the discipline a father uses in teaching his children. It is where the child learns to trust that the Father knows what is best for them. And nothing develops this fruit like "trouble".
Hbr 12:11 "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."
When it is time, and the work that patience is doing in and through us is complete, we will see what God already knew, we have been "Perfected for the Promise". Our Heavenly Father hears us. And He knows when we've developed enough to handle what He has promised us:
Psa 107:30 "Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven. Oh, that [men] would give thanks to the LORD [for] His goodness, And [for] His wonderful works to the children of men!"