I have found lately faith and patience to go hand in hand. Faith God will move, and patience to wait for Him to move. Sometimes it is easy to have faith for a minute, or a day, but when time gets down to the wire and what we are waiting on doesn't look like it is coming. Patience sometimes has a way of vanishing and our faith runs with it.
As a pastor's wife there have been many seasons of faith and patience. My husband and I have had faith and waited patiently for finances. We have waited to see the fruit from that which we had sewn. Waited in seasons of trial, and so on. There have been times I have said this to my husband, "When is life going to cut us a break? Why do we have to be the ones struggling with lack of finances? Why this, why that? WHY?" My faith and patience slipped away and all I could see was the impossible and how unfortunate my situations were.
Hebrews 5:8 Although He was a son, He learned obedience through what He suffered.
Sometimes I forget the cross wasn't easy. No, Jesus being beaten, mocked, and hanging on a cross isn't easy. But I forget what Jesus said just the night before while praying. Luke 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” Jesus wasn't throwing a party, or excited about what was coming. He didn't run in excitement to His betrayal. This was hard, this wasn't a comfortable situation for Jesus. While Jesus was was praying He was in agony and His sweat turned to blood. But He had faith in His father's will, and patience to endure the cross.
Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.
Sometimes what we are going through as pastors and pastors' wives doesn't look like we want it to. Frankly, a lot of the time the situations look impossible, uncomfortable, and hard. We have faith and patience for a bit, then when the going gets rough we decide to take matters into our own hands. We take back control and do what we think we need to do. We forget about obedience to have faith and patience in Him and trust in what we think we can do.
Pastors' wives I don't know what you are going through. Right now in the season I am in, we are trusting God in a huge way with our finances. We are nearing the end of the year of rest we have been on from full-time ministry, so we are faithfully and patiently waiting on Him for what is next. Time is getting down to the wire. We are coming close to the point where we either cling in obedience to faith and patience or we throw it out the window to take matters into our own hands.
Hebrews 6:9-12 Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Are you going to hold on to faith and patiently wait?
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor