Patience: "the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset"
Nobody enjoys pain, waiting, trouble, or difficulties. In this world, it is acceptable to complain, whine, grumble, and cry out when we are experiencing challenges. Yet Jesus calls us to accept pain and trouble differently than what the world does.
At the cross, Jesus could have lashed out. He could have fought. He could have taken himself down from that horrible place- he had the power if he so chose to use it. Yet Jesus patiently endured. Unlike the thiefs to his right and left, Jesus willingly took his cross and bore our sins to us. Yet He didn't take His cross up for us, so that we could whine and fight when asked to carry ours.
He said if you follow me, know that you will have to die on your own cross. Dying to death to ourselves (our selfishness and every comfortable, natural human inclination we hold) is painful. Christ does not say "if we have hardships to endure.. but He says when we have hardships we must endure patiently.
Julius Caesar says that "It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.”
It is easy to look at Christians who are living happy lives praising God and think that's great for them.. but at at least their life doesn't look like mine.It is easy to give thanks to God when things are going great for us. But truly we must prepare ourselves, to withstand the tests and trials of our salvation. We must prepare ourselves to be strong in a battle bigger than ourselves. For our time shall come quickly..
The greatest testimonies are through saints who endure trouble patiently.Just look at the Dark Ages, the times of persecution is when the church growth increased the most. Nothing makes a statement more than suffering in extreme anguish or pain, yet having the peace of Jesus that is manifested to others and sings through the darkness "My Jesus is more than enough for me".
Patience is more than endurance (Chambers). It's being willing and joyful when God chooses to stretch you out like an arrow to shoot you where He may please and you may not understand. Revelation 3:10 says "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience."
May our heart cry to Jesus be for Him to work as He pleases in us, preparing us for the last days and to patiently take up our crosses behind Him in hopes of heavenly triumph.