Focus: 63:3 Because experiencing your loyal love is better than life itself, my lips will praise you.
Patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. It is also one of the fruits of the Spirit. Sadly, this is an area where I have often struggled. Even as a kid, I remember the difficulty I had waiting in the long lines at Cedar Point so that I could experience the thrill of my favorite rides. Waiting in line for 3 hours at a theme park to experience a ride that lasts 2 minutes requires a lot of patience. Today, I have struggles waiting in traffic while I drive or standing in long lines at the grocery store. Many of you might be able to relate. When God’s man or woman is living according to His Spirit, patience will be a trademark expressed in these moments.
It was evident that King David was a man of God, especially in the midst of His suffering. He was chased out into the wilderness by Saul, and His life was on the line. Yet, through the midst of his deepest struggles, David maintained an attitude of praise. David was patient with the Lord. Why? Because David knew that experiencing God’s loyal love is better than life itself.
Being a child of God means having the blessing of experiencing God’s loyal love. However, it does not mean that the blessing will come easy. Experiencing the magnitude of God’s love is often met with experiencing a magnitude of suffering. But far too often, it is easy to be strategic and find a way to alleviate the very pain or trouble that God might intend for us to experience His love. This brings to question whether we believe that experiencing God’s love is better than life. Are we willing to wait on the ailments of life so that we can experience the greatness of his love?