Persistent Patience

Persistent Patience

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Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Ps 37:7 

I heard this phrase several years ago and it stuck with me. Patience, to me, has always seemed like a passive endeavor. Truthfully I equated times of waiting with wasted time. Turns out nothing could be farther from the truth.

God is at work in the waiting.

That’s a difficult concept for me. I don’t know about you, but waiting patiently isn’t in my top ten of favorite things to do. I hate being patient, whatever it is—I want it, and I want it now. I would like to blame this trait on the time I live in and the environment around me.. After all, we live in a world of the instant now.

How nice it would be to put the blame anywhere else but me.

I particularly struggle with waiting when I’m striving toward a dream or goal. I get impatient and that leads me to look around to judge if others have had to wait for something similar. Then that leads directly to comparison and competition and ultimately dissatisfaction. It’s a vicious cycle and hard to break when I’m in the middle of it.

But God has shown me—over and over again—that it’s in the waiting where I grow closer to Him and stronger in my faith. Learning to wait has given me strength of character and perspective.

God has also shown me that impatience really is immaturity with a mask. So many times in my life, if God had given me the answer the moment I asked, I would have missed out on so much. I would have missed the sweet prayer time, the fellowship with others who shared in my journey, and the ultimate joy of something anticipated and achieved. I would have also missed out on being used by God to teach and comfort others as they saw Him work in my life.

What are you waiting for? Use this time to walk closer with God and watch the amazing things He does for you and through you!

Edie Melson About Edie Melson

Edie Melson—author, blogger, speaker— is the author of numerous books. She’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world in person and on the web. Connect with her on and on Twitter.


  1. God has been speaking to me about patience lately, also, and I had to learn a lesson in the Wal-Mart line! I like your phrase, “impatience really is immaturity with a mask.” That is so true.

  2. Laurie Driesen says:

    Your title is so perfect for this topic of waiting. I have found that while I’m developing patience in waiting, that it’s not just doing nothing. Waiting is hard work! It’s seeking the Lord, being diligent in prayer, trusting, resisting temptation. But all those things produce what God wants within me. Thanks for your post Edie!

  3. Edie, this post came at the perfect time this month. I just sent a book proposal to an agent and find myself seeking the Lord’s guidance. The direction I sense is to simply pause and wait for a while now. After pouring my heart into a year-long writing project, the admonition to pause feels frightening. I just want to “do something!” Thank you for these words about waiting. They were just what I needed today.

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