Heart to Heart
// Kenneth W. Hagin
There's always a temptation to grow impatient if something doesn't happen when we think it should. When prayers aren't answered on our timetable or when dreams don't happen as quickly as we had hoped, we can become restless, which only hurts us in the end.
You may feel called to a particular career, but you're not there yet. That's okay. God's not in a hurry, so you shouldn't feel pressured.
We live in an impatient world, and we all have to work on being patient. Patience is one of the hardest qualities to develop. On the highway, people can become impatient with other drivers, especially if they're in a hurry to get somewhere. And people often get impatient with their children, waiters, store clerks, and so forth.
One indication that we are impatient with the Lord is when we start complaining and whining to Him. You might say, "I would never do such a thing!" But when we ask—"Lord, why haven't You already done such and such? I don't understand what is taking so long"—we are in unbelief.
Patience is necessary because we can't stay in faith without it. Hebrews 6:12 tells us it's through faith and patience that we inherit the promises of God.
I encourage you to allow the fruit of the Spirit in you to dominate you—to let the patience on the inside to be displayed on the outside. Galatians 6:9 says, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Now is not the time to "faint," or lose patience, because in due season you shall reap!
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PS. Happy Independence Day to those of you in the U.S., and happy Canada Day to our northern neighbors. I believe that as we allow patience to work in us, we will see the manifestation of everything we are standing in faith for.