As a child I tired quickly, trying to pop out those pomegranate seeds one by one! I would get more of the staining juice on my hands than in my mouth! Unlike other fruits, it is the seeds or “arils” that are eaten. But de-seeding a pomegranate takes either some know-how, some patience, or both. However it is done, this sweet red fruit is well worth the effort. I love them sprinkled on a salad or made into a glaze over roasted duck!
Today’s verse indicates from where patience comes. It is through the strength and power of the Lord that we can live with a patient attitude. It is His “glorious might” that makes it possible to have great endurance and patience. To live a life worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him in every way (verse 10) will take patience and endurance. But thankfully, we do not muster it up on our own. It is the fruit of the Holy Spirit working in us (Gal. 5: 22). It is also the result of having our faith tested and seeing the Lord come through for us. (James 1:3)
For me, the biggest test of patience is waiting for the Lord to answer my prayers, my way. His timing is rarely my own. And I tend to treat my prayers as “unanswered” if I don’t receive the answer desired! How many times I have worried, full of anxiety while awaiting His response! But being impatient serves no purpose and certainly does not obligate Him to hurry! I know He is pleased when I wait for His answers and promises with a patient calm heart.
Lord, help me to patiently trust You more.