"For they shall not be ashamed who wait for me." — Isaiah 49:23
"Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." — James 1:4
One of the reasons God usually puts a waiting period between our request and his answer is to establish in our minds a real need and appreciation. God knows what we have need of before we even ask, but many times we do not. We assess our situation and ask for the first thing that comes to our mind. Many times it is the wrong thing and would not help but harm us. Therefore, our wise and loving God does not grant our request until we find our real need.
Then, there is another step. Even when the real need is established in our minds and requested of God, there may still be a waiting period before we are given the supply. This step of waiting is for the purpose of establishing appreciation. Many times we quickly cast aside a gift when our request is granted immediately. If it comes quickly and easily, then its value is small and we look for a better thing. God will many times withhold our desire until the full appreciation for it is established by waiting. Then it is received as a treasure of great value, worthy of cherishing and protecting.
Letting patience have its perfect work means learning to trust that God is our source of all things good and he never withholds except for our good. That makes waiting easier.
Kay Dishner is a freelance writer from Texas. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or http://kay2017.wixsite.com/hiswayjourney.