I used to think I was a patient man.
Long ago, when I was a small child, I prided myself on waiting for things. When others would complain, I world sit still and place my hands into my lap. I would sit in silence, thinking simple thoughts to myself as the world continued to spin. But then life actually started to push and prod. I found myself with desires, wants, and passions. The would started to spin a little too slow, and I quickly found that waiting was harder than I had previously thought.
Not to be cliché , but here is a solid definition for patience.
the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
I know I’m not talking about what my title is referring to; I’ll get to it later.
Listen, patience is rough stuff. Whether its waiting on your food at a restaurant or putting your life long dreams on hold. You may think its easy to wait now, but when things get bumpy, tolerance of the situation is usually the first thing to go.
There is also a definite difference between being patience and being lazy. “Accepting and tolerating” does not always involve sitting with your hands in your lap as I once thought. We often think of patience as a ‘lack of action’ but this may not always be the case. Sometimes being patient is continuing to act when you would rather not. Being patient with a person may be continuing to talk with them while they start to get on your nerves. Being patient may be continuing to do a job after it gets tedious. However, it is often holding off on an action that is the best example of patience.
Keep this Psalm in mind:
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.
These verses tell us that our rash anger tends towards our evil ways. If we lose our tolerance, we will not inherit the land that the Lord has prepared for us. Having this in mind has put a new endurance in my life. What am I waiting for? For the Lord to show me his inheritance! Rushing through life will only force your creator to give you a gentle nudge in the right direction so that you can keep on his path.
Yeah, I’m still not talking about the word “huzzah.”
For now, consider this verse from Jeremiah:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
The Lord wishes us to avoid the potential evil that is through our lack of tolerance, and give us his plans for welfare, future, and hope. Why do we rage and quit when things get hard if this is what is promised? No one said it would be easy, and its absolutely no fun to hurt through all the scars and bruises. But our Lord brings healing, along with the fulfillment of his great promises. How do we do that?
Here’s another verse to help:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Prayer and supplication. If you’re yearning for something, tell God about it. He’s the one that desires your well-being, so let him know what you think will make you happy. However, do so with thanksgiving. If there’s something you desire, thank God for the many blessings you already have. That alone may change your perspective on what is truly important. When we consider everything we have already been given, we may be far too grateful to be angry or impatient.
Alright. You’ve been patient enough, so here’s where the huzzahing comes in. For context, here is the definition for “huzzah.”
used to express approval or delight; hurrah
This should be our attitude to our present situation. God’s promises should have us delighted and excited, not malcontent. When we consider all that he has given us through grace, our lives should have a visible change. We can’t be impatient if we are too busy singing out praises to God. Slow down, take a deep breath, and let that breath out with a great “huzzah,” for God has given you a grand inheritance.
O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord, Selah to him who rides in heavens, the ancient heavens; behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice. Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel, and whose power is in the skies. Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel- he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!