We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. Hebrews 6:11-15
Abraham received what was promised by God. How well do you wait for things in your life? How well do you wait in line? How well do you wait on the telephone when they say, “Hold on, please?” How well do you wait in a traffic jam? How well are you waiting for your marriage to be restored? I believe that God is showing us His great patience so that men, women, and children will come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. God wants your marriage restored, but His priority is to have your spouse saved.
The LORD is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
God’s patience is long-suffering, but we cannot take it for granted. God’s patience is an expression of His love. The New Testament teaches us that God will search for us, but He allows each of us to make decisions, and He waits for us to come to our senses. Patience is often developed through hardships and through waiting.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:11-12
As Christians, we need to display patience throughout our daily life. Do we? I think that we live in a society where everything is instant. From instant breakfast to going to a drive-thru for lunch, to buying dinner on the way home from work, we expect instant service. Think of how many things we can do so quickly in our society.
Your marriage has fallen apart. Your spouse wants a divorce or has found someone else. You have cried out to the Lord and He says you must be patient.
You may say, “What? Me wait?” Yes, be patient. Let me remind you that while you are waiting for your marriage to be restored, there are many other people who are waiting for other very important things in their lives, such as a job, a better place to live, a baby, a physical healing, or for a teenager not to live in rebellion. We all must wait on God’s timing at some time in our lives!
In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3
Do not grumble or complain as the Israelites did to Moses and to God. Remember in the Old Testament, God got very angry at the people’s ungratefulness and hardness of heart. You need to remember the meaning of having the patience to receive your promise for you, your marriage, and your family. It is worth waiting for God’s timing.
I wait for you, O LORD; you will answer, O LORD my God. Psalm 38:15
You need to learn to trust the Lord, grow spiritually and let Him lead you through your life, step by step. You will be rewarded and you can endure the waiting with joy. You will develop patience by the testing of your faith, and by not losing hope in the Lord. Wait patiently for His timing.
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. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. Psalm 37:7-9
Throughout the Bible, we can see how people had to wait patiently for their miracles, their visions, and their promises. Waiting patiently is developing your Christian character, and you are an example to others while you wait. May we pray for patience, always praising the Lord and not grumbling, never giving up or quitting. The reward is great if you will be patient, waiting for God to break the chains of bondage and open the spiritual eyes of your prodigal. We will reap what we sow, so be patient waiting for your promise of marriage restoration!
Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. James 5:7-11