Which is why as soon as suffering or waiting occur we begin to complain. It’s also why our prayers consist of telling God to end the suffering now.
Our flesh has no interest in us growing in faith. Our flesh wants its comfort and its normalcy. It has no use for risk and certainly has no use for waiting for someone else to provide. Let’s just go get it, man!
At some point you will face waiting and suffering and there will be nothing you can do about it. Perhaps it won’t surface until your deathbed, but it will come.
At that point, when your flesh can no longer deliver, what will be your response?
I have seen many grow greatly impatient, turn on others and melt into despair on their deathbeds. Most of these people are those who lived their life fighting for their own, being all they can be, using all human means to achieve all too human ends.
I have also seen others approach suffering with calm assurance. Yes, there is pain and frustration, the pains of death should not be taken lightly, but their resolve was unshakeable. It stemmed from a faithful life.
Eternity is a long time and this life is short. The development of patience, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness and the Spirit’s whole fruit, only result from faith–Faith that is strengthened by what weakens the flesh.
Faith is a way of life–the just shall live by faith. It is not a one time nod toward God. We walk by faith not by sight. Faith is what gets us through and what forms us into Christ and allows us to show His love and fruit to others.
“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.Let all your things be done with charity.”