John Piper defines patience as resting in God when your life is at an unplanned place and moving at an unplanned pace. The Christian life requires patient endurance as we face hardship, trials, disappointments, difficult relationships, and a host of other unpleasant things. In an age of instant gratification, patience is quickly becoming a rare virtue. But the truth is that true patience isn’t something we conjure up within ourselves anyway—it’s a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Psalm 37:7
Spurgeon comments on this Psalm, “A silent tongue in many cases not only shows a wise head, but a holy heart. And wait patiently for him. Time is nothing to him; let it be nothing to thee. God is worth waiting for. He never is before his time, he never is too late. In a story we wait for the end to clear up the plot; we ought not to prejudge the great drama of life, but stay till the closing scene, and see to what a finish the whole arrives.”
- Rest in the will of God, for whatever he wills is for your good, your highest good.
- Rest in the love of God, and often meditate on the words of Jesus on this point, “You have loved them even as you have loved me.”
- Rest in the mercy of God.
- Rest in the word of God.
- Rest in the relation your God gives to you; he is the Father.
- Rest in the Lord as he is manifested in Jesus, your God in covenant.
(Treasure of David, Psalm 37)