Rest is a form of patience.
Through faith and patience we inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:12-15
And it’s while we are in the patience stage we have need of endurance!
Waiting is an act of endurance.
“You have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised” Hebrews 10:36
If you are like me you have a bit of a trigger finger toward making progress and definitely when making plans. Lights camera action! And boy do we like action! Ok ok I like action. Perhaps you are ‘patient Patti’?
Waiting is an act of patience. I’ve been gardening and I’ll tell you the farmer waits. James 5:7 NIV
Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.
Wait. Wait on the Lord. Psalm 27:14 And after you’ve prayed, and waited, you are not anxious. This takes practice. Tell your spirit to rest in God’s promise. Something good is coming.
So when I could pull the trigger and make it happen, ‘force’ it to happen, instead I discipline myself, to wait sometimes even just 24 hours. And I ask—God is this right? Is this the door? Rather than running through like a frantic passenger trying to catch their flight’ or spamming in Fortnite (the execution of the same move over and over) like an inexperienced gamer I learn to trust. God has my next move. God’s door for me won’t close, and if it does it wasn’t the right door. I’ve learned to rely on HIS no(s) just as much as HIS yes(es).
Prayer, rest, and waiting have made all the difference in discerning what is God’s will. It takes discipline to wait for a reply. It takes discipline to rest.