“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Indeed, patience is a virtue that many struggle with. Even Julius Caesar said, “It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.”

Sometimes, after knowing how much the Father loves us, we get impatient with His blessings, wondering why the heavens are not opening and raining down all that we wish for and want in life this very instant.

Truly, patience is a virtue that we need to learn. John Quincy Adams said, “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” But why wait?

‘Blessed’, in Greek, is an adjective, describing someone who is in an enviable and fortunate position because of God’s provision and favor. So therefore the things which God blesses us with, must put us in an enviable position, a position which displays God’s love, care and favor upon us.

The things we ask for are merely that, things. The job, the finances, the property, the car, all these are things. They are neutral, neither good nor bad. It is instead their use that makes it good or bad. Just like water and nutrients, though they are beneficial to a tree, they are, in and of themselves, neutral. It is their application which determines if they are beneficial. Too much water and the tree will drown. Too much nutrients, and the soil becomes unbearable for the tree.

In the same way, if we are given too much of what we want, at a time when we are yet unable to manage it, that which was intended to be a blessing, ceases to be a blessing and by definition, becomes a curse. There is a Taiwanese song that illustrates this,

“When you are starting out in life, you complain that your house is not big enough.
When you have only simple meals, you complain that it does not whet your appetite.
When you have a simple wife, you complain that she is not good looking enough.
When you have a big house, you complain about it being difficult to clean.
When you have good food on the table, you worry about high blood pressure.
When you have a beautiful wife, you worry that she will be stolen by another man.”

So when we are asking for our Father to bless us, what are we really asking for? To increase our possessions or to truly be in an enviable position in which those around us can see the favor of God in our lives?

Beloved child of God, our Father knows that we need the material. Jesus promised provision when He said,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

So when we ask for good things, our Father hears us, for it is His will that we receive good things.

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” 1 John 5:14

But here is the rub, not all that we ask for is good, or indeed good for the time.

Jesus Himself said to His disciples before He ascended,

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” John 16:12

Truly the Word of God is good. But if given to those who are not able to bear them, or to grasp them, as The Amplified Bible translates, then what good will it do to those who receive it? In fact, it will be like seeds sown on rocky ground.

“Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” Matthew 13:3-8

So from here we see that there is a good ground, a good time and a place for all things to happen, so that we can be in an enviable position in which those around us will see God’s favor in our lives, so that we can be considered blessed.

In fact, sometimes difficulties are blessings.

“So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:7 [AMPC]

Difficult times test your faith, but not because God needs to see it, but so that the world can see it. For it is said that when your faith is shown to be genuine, it redounds, contributes greatly, to YOUR praise and glory and honor.

“Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.” 1 Peter 1:7 [MSG]

Beloved, God will put on display, as evidence of His victory, YOUR FAITH. Now if that is not putting you in an enviable position so that the world will see God’s favor in your life, I don’t know what is.

And notice that it is not us who will have to wrap it all up? Jesus wraps it all up. And notice that it is not our gold that is on display, not our strength, nor might nor efforts; but our faith. So beloved child of God that is why John Quincy Adams can say, “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” Because when we wait upon the Lord, He will overcome all things.

Indeed, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

So beloved child of God, our Father loves you, He always has and He always will.

“You call out to God for help and he helps—he’s a good Father that way. But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.” 1 Peter 1:17 [MSG]

Our Father is not as Bruce in Bruce Almighty said, “a mean kid sitting on an anthill with a magnifying glass, and I'm the ant. He could fix my life in five minutes if He wanted to, but he'd rather burn off my feelers and watch me squirm.” He takes no delight in that. Instead, He wants to bless you. But blessing you means putting you in an enviable position where everyone can see that you have the favor of God. And in that respect, we don’t always see eye to eye with Him.

But remember, above all else, God wants you to be His beloved child and no father in the natural wishes ill for his child, what more God? In fact He says,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

So let us be patient and wait for the time when we are able. Let us rest in the knowledge that He is constantly working to bring us to the maturity which He desires for Jesus said,

““I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t handle them now. But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said. He will honor me; he will take from me and deliver it to you. Everything the Father has is also mine. That is why I’ve said, ‘He takes from me and delivers to you.’” John 16:12-15 [MSG]

Beloved, The Spirit, which is in you, will guide you into all truth and help make sense out of whatever is happening in your life and in the end, as long as we rest in Him, you will realize that through whatever you are facing right now, our Father has been constantly putting you in an enviable and fortunate position because of His provision and favor, and you will say, indeed, my Father has blessed me.

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