Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

In his years as American Vice President (1953-1961), Richard Nixon had frequent opportunities to interact with Konrad Adenauer. Born in 1876, Adenauer was elected chancellor of West Germany in 1949. He served until 1963, when he was 87 years old.

In particular, Nixon was amazed at Adenauer’s patience. He “seemed tireless,” even into his eighties. He once said that the best politician is the one who “can outsit the rest.” If necessary, he would “let meetings run far into the night.” And, Nixon observed, “He would sit patiently as one sleepy opponent after another came around to his point of view.” His negotiations frequently were successful simply because of his patience-his ability to wait and persevere.

In contrast to Adenauer, many people seem impetuous and impatient, perpetually in a hurry. As a result, they’re often worried and anxious. By rushing, they often make wrong decisions. The Bible tells us that it is “better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city” (Proverbs 16:32 NLT).

How do we get this kind of patience? First, we need to realize that patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22), a byproduct of yielding to His control in our lives. It comes to those who truly trust in God, who are not anchored by the weight of the world, who believe that He is in control, and who allow Him to take away their fears and worries. This kind of life yields more peace, less stress, and the patience to be victorious.

Today, ask God to help you trust in Him in every situation. Seek His solutions. Commit every matter to Him, always resting in His care. As David wrote, “Wait for the LORD; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the LORD” (Psalm 27:14). Don’t be anxious or give up hope. Wait patiently, and you will succeed.