It seems that patience is one of God’s greatest gifts to man. But we often put it on the back burner.
For example, we talked about Job’s faith more times than we can remember but seldom mentioned his patience, which was instrumental in his struggle. If Job had not exercised patience, he would not have endured his struggles without complaining. Faith is one thing, but it takes great patience to be long-suffering.
What is patience?
Therefore, Job not only believed in God’s promises, but he trusted in his faithfulness and relied on God’s character and loyalty to act. But he also had patience and a whole lot of it.
I think Job needed three things to work in tandem, like a three-legged stool-faith, patience, and endurance. Faith alone would not work. Because the people who encouraged him to curse God and die had faith. But they were short on patience.
The Bible says, “And the Lord turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before,” (Job 42:10).