Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds. (James 1:2)
Oswald Chambers defined patience as more than endurance: “A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see and He stretches and strains the saint. Often the saint thinks he cannot take anymore. Then God continues to stretch until His purpose is in sight and then He lets us fly. ” In other words, when we think God is not coming to our rescue, He is in fact performing an even greater miracle than merely changing our circumstances to make us more comfortable.