God’s patience is intricately woven into the narrative of our lives. Romans 2:4 explores the profound question: Why does God need to be slow to anger? The answer lies in our human nature—we don’t get everything right immediately. It’s a recognition that without His patience, we would struggle to navigate the complexities of our existence.
Galatians 5:22 introduces patience as a fruit of the Spirit, a quality that transforms us from within. The notion that God’s anger was dealt with through Jesus on the cross underscores the transformative work of the Holy Spirit, which cuts away our flesh and molds us into the likeness of God. It’s not a constant focus on becoming more like Him but a surrender to His transformative power.
Unchecked anger often gives birth to various problems, and the remedy lies in the patient waiting on God. Genesis offers contrasting stories—Abraham waiting patiently for God’s promise in one instance and attempting to fulfil it in his own time in another. The wisdom of Charles Spurgeon, “Of two evils, choose neither,” encourages us to wait on God rather than rushing into decisions that may lead to unintended consequences.
Waiting on God, as emphasised in Jesus’ last words, requires patience. It’s not a passive waiting but an active trust in His perfect timing. We are encouraged to wait in prayer and fellowship, reinforcing that patience is not merely enduring but thriving in anticipation of God’s perfect plan unfolding. So, let us cultivate patience—a divine virtue that transforms, refines, and leads us into the fullness of God’s promises.