God: teaches us how to wait; gifts us when we practice patience…
James 1:2-3(KJV) “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
The virtue or fruit of patience is one many of us have a problem with attaining; is it attainable you may be asking and of course the answer is yes. James went through much effort to make sure that he wrote about it in the very first passage of scripture as mentioned above.
The thing with us is we get to thinking at a very rapid pace and when the thoughts come, there is action and at this point we need to see the manifestation of what our brilliant minds came up with. If you pay attention to the order of the verses, the writer mention being tempted, or tested; knowing that these actions will bring about an effort to do things which most likely will be contrary to the will of God.
But the fact that you are under heavy pressure from the adversary is a signal that you are being prepared for growth in the spirit realm by your Father. The fact that you will fall into temptation indicates that there is a high probability that you have the grace to overcome them all. Jesus is the example we look toward naturally and He was able to overcome all the temptation He underwent.
As your faith consistently get tested, this is bringing to fruition the gift of patience; because if you have the ability to wait out a situation, knowing that God who is faithful in all that He promises, will not leave you hanging, your patience is being groomed and grafted to perfection.
Beloved, many things will come at us as we go through this walk we are on, but “be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6 (KJV).
Trivia: He pulled out his hair, threw himself on the ground and refrained from eating because of sin; who is this?