Wrestling Through The Waters (Inspired by God through my husband Kirk T. Cooper)
I was just made aware of two very important and possibly very neglected things. There are two basic kinds of patience. Did you know this? And do you understand the difference? Well, the cold hard, weary truth is, I had no clue!
In fact, I always thought that in this life, “patience” had one very solid definition, and “impatience” was just the dark side of its name.
There is inactive patience and active patience.
Mhm! Come, walk done this little journey with me as I explain a truth some of us have yet to discover!
Inactive patience simply waits on things to happen. Yes, that’s what I’ve heard. Makes sense so far. And “Inactive patience” thinks, “Well I hope it all works out.” Almost like a prisoner just waiting out time in a jail cell. You don’t try to escape, nor do you try to redeem yourself. You don’t try to help your situation at all! You just wait it out until something happens, bad or good.
“Active patience” I’ve heard, is like a soldier whose focus is victory. How’s that sound, so far? Their works and effort is geared towards victory and triumph. They endure all the difficulties that are required to capture the situation, no matter what it takes to accomplish the task, because active patience speaks volumes through determination!
Ever heard this statement: “Well I’m just waiting on the Lord.” That phrase can be used with either kind of patience, “inactive” and “active.” From what I’ve learned through this study, it’s a sliding scale.
Let me run this by you again, “inactive patience,” is simply sitting on your tush doing nothing, slowly, waiting, and hoping something happens.
However, waiting on God is not inactivity. Let me repeat that! Waiting on God is NOT inactivity.
From what I’ve read, “Waiting on God” is pursuing the last thing He told you to do and doing it with all your heart and soul until you receive a new direction from Him. Hmmm... Eyes wide open, and jaw dropping, I am floored. This was a truth that woke me up with a quick slap to my cheek and a rude awakening at that! But guess what? If I didn’t hear or read otherwise, my entire belief system would be totally dysfunctional.
If I remember reading through scripture, I recall that In Jesus’ ministry on earth, He didn’t sit around wondering what to do next. Uh, uh....Jesus actively pursued the will of God as He let Him know what to do.
“His waiting on God was not like sitting and waiting out a term in prison.” It was rather like a soldier who is actively pursuing the orders of his commander.
Note: Jesus wasn’t going to go in any new direction until God gave Him another direction.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1, ESV)
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9, ESV)
We must learn how to deal with our situations with active patience. We need to maintain that warrior, soldier stance while swimming through raging waters. Our focus should never be anywhere but victory, and a triumphant win. We must always remember that in every battle we are never alone. God has already won and we are just walking towards the path He is leading us to. The victory belongs to us!
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, ESV)
I wake up every morning to daily scripture along with a special in-depth message from my husband. It’s a refresher when you’re dealing with certain situations or when you wake up starting your unknown day. While God is the Author, He still sends His messengers, and every morning He chooses my husband to deliver them to me. I know that in this life there will be trouble. But I also know that God has overcome! And that is a truth I will rely on all the days of my life. Actively patient, waiting for my victory using the weapons that God has placed in my hands, my heart and my soul.
Today, live your life with active patience!
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