The High Cost of Impatience

If you’re a price shopper, like to cut out coupons, are tenacious about getting the best deal, and go the distance to find the lowest price, you might want to think twice about investing any more of your time being impatient. You might be paying a much greater cost than you realize when it comes to impatience. I speak, or rather write, from decades of experience. Ironically, on my way to starting this writing piece, I took care of a quick administrative task and received a reply from a business stating, “Thank you for your patience.” They should only know. I wonder how many of us who have struggled with impatience truly understand the cost we pay when we choose not to wait on the Lord for His perfect will and His perfect time.
As I stand on the threshold of writing my next book, it dawns on me how much I might miss if I impatiently start before the time is right. The Lord instructs us in the Bible to be patient – for an express purpose. He wants us to enjoy the benefits of a “perfect work” rather than miss out on what He has designed for us. Furthermore, He wants us to be made perfect and complete in the process of doing things in His will and timing. If you don’t believe me, just read what He has to say:

Jas 1:2  “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 
Jas 1:3  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 
Jas 1:4  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

God makes it perfectly clear that when our faith is tried in a challenging situation, patience is being produced. But He does not stop there with the birth of patience. That patience will have a birth of its own, establishing perfection and completion in us. God goes yet another step further and explains that the end result of this process is that we will not be in need of anything. God promises to meet all our needs, and He aims to please. But we have a part in this process – He wants us to be patient and thereby allow Him to fulfill His promise.

So what about the high cost of impatience? I liken my impatience to a doctor inducing labor on a pregnant woman before the baby is ready to be born. Can you imagine purposely causing prematurity in a baby that would otherwise have been born entirely complete and healthy? That would be absurd. Well, it is equally absurd for me to interfere with the Lord’s perfect will by inducing the birth of whatever He designs to create through me simply because I do not want to wait any longer. Additionally, this demonstrates my lack of trust in the Lord that He knows what He is doing – and the time it will take to do His work.

God also knows the condition He needs us to be in to birth His plans and purposes through us. A wise woman will keep herself in excellent health throughout her pregnancy. I have learned there is a preparation process in birthing the plans of God. He wants us to be in tiptop shape for both the pregnancy and the birth.

As I embark on my next book, I am well aware that any impatience on my part could propel me into writing a book in the flesh rather than writing the book led by the Holy Spirit – for the Lord and His glory. I really do have decades of experience of doing things in my flesh – and on my timetable. I have brought forth zillions of things that were not God’s will or that were God’s will but that developed prematurely and/or that I miscarried.

The cost? High beyond description. My impatience can cause me to forfeit God’s best. On the flip side, my decision to trust the Lord and be patient as He unfolds His plans will undoubtedly bring forth a perfected work of the Lord’s.

Is there any area of your life that you have been demonstrating impatience? Can you imagine if you put your trust in the Lord and allow His plan to unfold in His time? Why not give it a try? I plan to do just that.

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