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why can't we just skip this patience thing?

Tara Farrell

Okay friends -- today we’re going to take a look at the fifth stop on this faith adventure journey, and it’s the final one before we reach the land of God’s thumbprint! That’s the good news. The “other” news is that this place is called Patienceville. Yes, you may have felt at times like you want to erase the word “patience” from the Bible. But, as you get to know more about Patienceville, I believe you’ll see just how essential and helpful that ‘ville is to your success in the faith adventure!

In Patienceville, we REST and we TRUST. While resting in Patienceville may not be your favorite thing to do, I’ve found that you can usually look back on your time there and truly say that you’re glad you went through it. And, it may not seem like much is happening while you’re in Patienceville -- it’s not as outwardly fast-paced as Actionville may have been -- but there is actually a lot happening. More than we know is going on “behind the scenes.” Let’s gain a new appreciation for Patienceville through first examining the story of someone who has been there and done that...Moses.

We can learn a lot about Patienceville from Moses. Through the account of Moses’ life in Acts 7, we see that he was raised by Pharaoh’s daughter after his own Hebrew mother had to give him up to save his life. Moses was raised in the palace -- he was educated and wise, mighty in word and deed. Then we see in Acts 7:23 that God stirred up in his heart the desire to visit his brethren...the children of Israel...and felt called by God to deliver them.

What happened next didn’t turn out at all like Moses expected, and it’s probably an all-too-familiar scene for most of us as well. Moses felt called by God to deliver the Israelites and immediately took matters into his own hands. He tried to take a shortcut right to the land of God’s thumbprint. However, he didn’t consult God about the timing or methods, and he didn’t go through all the stops on the faith journey...rather, he tried to become their deliverer by his own efforts and ways. Those who saw his actions called him out on it, and afraid, Moses ran to the backside of the desert and lived for 40 years tending sheep.

What happened in those 40 years for Moses? He was remaining faithful at the tasks in front of him. He was growing in His relationship with the Lord. He was dying to the desire to make things happen in his own strength and by his own methods...so that God could instead be His guide. He probably was thinking that he had just totally missed it -- maybe he thought he’d misheard his calling, maybe he wasn’t “the one” to deliver the Israelites -- after all, it sure wasn’t looking like it or turning out at all like he thought it would.

>>We can see through Moses’ story that it’s not just enough to have the calling or desire from the Lord to do or be something...we have to consult Him for His perfect timing and His perfect plan. 

This may mean you experience a stay in Patienceville that looks like 40 years in the backside of the desert watching sheep. But don’t get sidetracked by FOMO (fear of missing out)...stay faithful in that season of patience and wait for God’s hand to be on the fulfillment of what He has stirred up inside you. After all, we each could try to “make it happen” on our own, but just like Moses -- we’d quickly learn that there’s only so much we can do and it falls short -- not to mention it’s not satisfying and fulfilling either. If God’s not touching it, you won’t be pleased with the results and will get discouraged and maybe even give up.

It’s no surprise that Patienceville is sometimes called the “hidden years” or the “invisible season” or the “dying to self” era or the time of “not yet.” During this season the Lord works on our character and teaches us how to live in the balance of these two truths: (1) apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5) and yet (2) through Christ we can do all things (Philippians 4:13). BUT -- don’t let yourself get discouraged...just because your stay in Patienceville might feel like a long time, that doesn’t mean that God has given up on you or that what He told you in Promiseville is any less true!

God remembers what He has spoken to your heart and is actively at work on your behalf causing all things to work together for your good (Romans 8:28), even when you may not see it with your five physical senses. It seems to almost never happen the way you think it will...but REST and TRUST in what you know to be true from Promiseville and stay engaged in your faith journey. After you patiently wait...you WILL inherit the promises! 

Say This: “Father, thank You that You’re always working things together for my good, and today I choose to rest in You and to lean on all of the promises You’ve spoken to me. I trust in Your grace and faithfulness to help me gain all of the benefits of Patienceville, so I can then stand complete, lacking nothing, like Your Word says. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”