As you know, patience is an important quality for a Christian, especially in times of frustration and despair. Have you ever noticed when you’re in a hurry, God is not? So many times I’ve searched God’s Word for verses on patience in the Bible because I needed something to remind me how to wait in a Godly, spiritually mature way. Thankfully, the Bible is full of them!
The Bible has passages that speak to the virtues of patience, urging us to trust in God’s timing and accept His plans with understanding and grace. I know, Christian Woman, it is easier said than done. I encourage you, as you wait, to turn to God’s Word for examples and encouragement.
You can also do what I’ve done recently. Memorize verses on patience in the Bible. Most recently, I was waiting on some money I withdrew from my retirement so I could help my 87-year-old mom move into an EXPENSIVE assisted living facility. It seemed to take forever and ever.
The waiting was excruciating. Then I opened Psalms (the best book for me when I’m going through things like this) and I found the scripture below:
I will cry to God Most High, To God who accomplishes all things for me.
Immediately I went to work to memorize it. I even added it to my calendar so it would pop up every day at a specific time.
How I memorize verses on patience in the Bible
Memorization is not an easy thing for me. It takes work. Here is how I memorize scripture:
- With my eyes closed, I recite it at least 10 times.
- I write it at least 10 times.
- Next, I recite it about 5 times.
- I put it into my calendar to pop up about 3 hours later and then I try to recite it without opening the appointment and seeing the full scripture.
- As if all these steps were not enough, I will schedule it to reappear (I use the calendar’s repeat setting” and quiz myself every day.
Do you have any tips for memorizing scripture? If so, please comment below! I really struggle with this.:)
Here are some Bible verses on patience that can inspire us as we wait on Him and live our lives accordingly. Be sure to pin (for Pinterest lovers) or bookmark this page. I will add to it often as I discover new scriptures to keep us both encouraged as we wait on the Lord.
Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.
Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Proverbs 14:29 states, “Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays foolishness.”
This verse encourages us to be patient in all of our dealings, as patience will often reveal true wisdom. I remember a pastor once told me something like “few people regret moving slowly, but many regret moving too fast.” So true, right, Sister? Proverbs 14:29 reminds us that understanding only comes from accepting God’s timing and being patient enough to wait for the answer to our prayers and requests.
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
2 Timothy 4:2
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
I think being God’s representatives on earth, when we are, among other things listed above, patient, we represent Him well. Impatience presents as mean, ugly and rude. patience carries notes of kindness and sweetness.
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.
For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.
1 Peter 2:19-23
…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Ugh. This is a familiar verse, but also a familiar struggle for many of us. In everything, we should pray and NOT fall into anxiety. Be grateful for all you do have and simply let God know what you want. After that, no anxiety – just wait patiently for it.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
1 Corinthians 13:4
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9 brings to mind the importance of patience, particularly when it comes to performing good deeds. Even when the work becomes tiresome, this verse reminds us that we must remain patient and faithful. If that is done, God will reward our work with a harvest.
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
The theologian Charles Spurgeon will challenge you in your Christian walk. I like that he does. Listen to his sermon and learn a fresh approach on patience preached decades ago.
And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
1 Thessalonians 5:14
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. And endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
And endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
Being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
Dr. Charles Stanley is one of my favorite preachers. Listen to what he says and the verses on patience in the Bible that he shares in his sermon.
I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
With this verse, the Bible teaches that patience is perhaps one of the most important traits a Christian should possess. Troubles and afflictions can come without warning and it is important to remain calm and trust God even during the most difficult times. Patience will help us understand when God chooses to answer our prayers and will provide encouragement during times of suffering.
Girl, the Romans scripture above said to be patient in affliction. Have you noticed how we don’t need much patience when things are going well? When we are fat with satisfaction and have all we want. Indeed, it is during the affliction seasons we need patience. I think as we are “faithful in prayer”, it is easier to be patient.
“As I wait upon the Lord, I grow stronger.”
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.”
But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”
2 Chronicles 15:7
You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness,
2 Timothy 3:10
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
But those who wait for the LORD [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] Will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; They will run and not become weary, They will walk and not grow tired.Isaiah 40:31 (Living Bible)