While it is very easy to serve God and be faithful to God or be patient with God when things are going well around you, when you have everything you need or almost everything you need, it is much more difficult to be patient when things are in the direct opposite.
As children of God, we are expected to be patient no matter what. Been patient in affliction, and rejoicing in hope shows that you trust Him enough to save you.
What Does it mean to Be Patient in Affliction?
Before we look at the meaning of patient in affliction, let us look at this two words ” Patient and Affliction” distinctly.
What is affliction?
Affliction is something that causes pain, suffering, distress or agony.
To be Patient is to able to bear, to persevere calmly or diligently, content to wait and not necessarily losing one’s temper.
To be Patient in affliction means
- trusting God in times of trouble.
- trusting God even when you don’t understand.
- Continuing in prayer when the troubles around seems to make you weak.
- When the pain seems to be too much to bear, but still you’re pushing in prayer.
- Holding on to God in faith and in prayer during hard and tough times.
Like I said earlier, it is very easy to pray when things are going well, but it not quite the same when you’re going through hard or tough times. That is why Apostle Paul urged us to remain patient despite the challenges that we may encounter, or are going through because God will never leave us nor forsake us.
God wants us to depend on him, He wants us to realize that we cannot help ourselves.
He want us to exercise faith in even in our darkest moments, knowing that He will surely make a way of escape and bring us out victoriously, stronger, and better than we were before.
Trusting God in times of trouble moves the hand of God on your behalf. As this shows that you depend on him, that you cannot help yourself but rely on him to help you.
A while ago, we were going through some difficult situation in my family, my mum would cry her eyes red and swollen, but I wasn’t bothered.
Not that I was happy with the troubles, or the shame that was coming as a result of the trouble we were in at that time, but I simply told my mum that I have learnt how not to bother myself about things that I don’t have control over.
I told her that crying will not solve the problem, and that she should channel that energy to praying and trusting God, as that we will move the hand of God a lot faster than crying.
I said, if God will let us go through the shame then so be it, and i said this because I know that He will never disappoint me.
I know that he has never failed before, and he will not fail in our own time so I don’t only believe, but I know that we will come out victoriously, and she had peace.
She could then sleep peacefully, because she wasn’t even sleeping as she would cry all through the night.
Romans 12:12 Meaning, Explanation, and Summary
In Romans 12:12, Apostle Paul urged us to trust God by been patient and continue in prayer during our moments of pain and Affliction, to remain steadfast no matter the challenges.
The Bible says in Psalm 125:1
THOSE WHO trust in, lean on, and confidently hope in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides and stands fast forever.
Therefore, God will never allow those who trust in him to be moved or shaken. As long as you continue in him, like Mordecai your day of remembrance will surely come.
Psalms 34:5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
As many that will look up to God in truth and in faith despite their challenges, he will lighten, and He will never put them to shame. They will flourish like a tree planted by the water.
Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
Jeremiah 17:8 He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.
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