I’ve had many shortcomings with patience. I have a pretty quick learning curve and leaving this unchecked can leave me off in a corner somewhere frustrated with others. I know how that sounds stupid and that is because it is. However, it leaves me with higher and unrealistic expectations for others at times. I wouldn’t say that I am bad as other CEOs like you read on Business Insider, etc. but given the chance to have a Fortune 500 company would I be? Would I have been? Always seeking excellence without excuse for failure, all that pressure upon myself, then letting it trickle down to the employees every single day while I live in a haze of dissastifaction and nothing ever good enough.. I could imagine that and it is kind of scary.
For now, I’m not a super successful CEO but that doesn’t stop my progression towards being one. However, before I get there, may I learn patience in the most extraordinary way and yet be productive. I want to take a look at King Saul because he is a popular subject in the realm of patience.
I Samuel 13:8-14
8 Now he waited seven days, according to the appointed time set by Samuel, but Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattering from him. 9 So Saul said, “Bring to me the burnt offering and the peace offerings.” And he offered the burnt offering. 10 As soon as he finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him and to [e]greet him. 11 But Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “Because I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the appointed days, and that the Philistines were assembling at Michmash, 12 therefore I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not asked the favor of the Lord.’ So I forced myself and offered the burnt offering.” 13 Samuel said to Saul, “You have acted foolishly; you have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, for now the Lord would have established your kingdom [f]over Israel forever. 14 But now your kingdom shall not endure. The Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”
Imagine seven days go by and the person that had set up this appointment didn’t arrive in the allotted time. So us, being us, consider this extremely rude and move by ourself. Apparently, God is allowing us to read this scripture and to sit and think but for why. We were patient for seven days! What more do you want? A grace period? Interesting, isn’t it? Even when things don’t come in time we are yet to remain patient. And it isn’t a rare thing that people, things, shipments, traffic, etc. can be late or make us late. A grace period should always be in effect for our hearts. Elongate your patience is what I read here. It also makes me wonder if at times during the seven day wait if he, Saul, was waiting impatiently and decided in his heart, “if Samuel don’t arrive right away when he said he will, I’ll take matters into my own hands.” I too, have done this to myself where I lost faith in people. Perhaps, losing faith creates impatience. Even if we have no reason to have faith in someone or something does that mean we should let faith go? I fear that if we do it also lets patience go with it.
Relax, wait on God, be patient and have faith. Otherwise, fear, anger, hositility, worries of this world will creep in and consume you. So much easier said than done but the glorious feeling of relaxing is amazing.