“Ask God”- Part 2

The second prayer request and God’s answer to it read as follows on the restaurant sign:

I asked God to give me patience. God said, “No. Patience is a by-product of tribulations; it isn’t granted, it’s earned.”

Galatians 5:22 explains that patience is a fruit of the Spirit; that is, when we choose to live and walk in the Spirit, patience will be manifested in our lives. Notice that living according to the will of God is a choice and this choice to stay close to Jesus produces patience by the power of the Holy Spirit in us. We cannot grit our teeth and practice a genuinely patient attitude; we need to submit to the Lord and cooperate with what He is doing through our tribulations:

The Apostle Paul also taught that patience is a “by-product” of tribulation, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh (accomplishes, achieves, results in) patience; and patience, endurance; and endurance, hope.” (Romans 5:3-4)