Hebrews 6:11-12 says “And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
This is an essential verse when it comes to receiving from God, because sometimes we expect God to overnight ship what we pray for. This isn’t to say that we won’t see the manifestation of our prayers answered instantly, but more often than not, we have to combine our faith with patience.
For example, what if we prayed for a house? Would we expect the keys to our new house to show up with our newspaper the next morning? Probably not.
This is where patience comes in, but we have to have the right definition of patience. When we think of patience we probably imagine something like waiting quietly in a long line at the grocery store. This isn’t what God means when He tells us that we will inherit His promises through faith and patience.
Godly patience means that we never change regardless of the circumstances. It’s the ability to endure tests, trials and temptations without complaining. It’s staying focused on what we’ve believed God for, knowing that God heard our prayer, and the manifestation is on the way.
Think of Peter on the waves. The only reason he started to sink is because he lost focus. If he hadn’t taken his eyes off Jesus, he could have walked all the way to Him and then back to the boat.
The reason that we don’t receive the manifestation what we pray for isn’t necessarily because we lose faith, it’s because we’re impatient. We don’t stop believing in God. We stop waiting. We put God on a schedule and if He doesn’t meet our deadline we give up. Patience doesn’t give up though. Patience sees the goal that faith set when we prayed and endures courageously until the end.
This means that we don’t become a doormat for the devil, because he will try to discourage us. When we’re patient the way God tells us to be, we will overcome the temptation to give in to discouragement. We won’t even complain when circumstances get tough, because our faith is set.
We patiently hold fast to our confession of faith and continue to offer up praise and thanksgiving, knowing that God answered our prayer the moment we prayed it. Now we’re just waiting to see it manifest. We know that we’re going to see the full assurance of hope, and through faith and patience we will have what God promised us.