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Patience Bible Verses

Bible Verses About Patience - In Scripture, God consistently rewards those who patiently endure suffering, wait for the fulfillment of His promises, and rest in Him during the storms of life. But patience, a fruit of the Spirit, may be one of the most difficult virtues to master.

We all struggle with "waiting on the Lord," even if we know that "good things come to those who wait." But if we do not wait, 1 Samuel tells us that a "lack of patience" can cause us to miss a blessing.

The Bible has not left us empty handed. Scripture quotes provides many solid promises for growing in patience and being a people who wait on God and "rise up on the wings like eagles." Many people in the Bible learned how patient expectation led to blessing (or how not waiting led to disaster), and their examples can help us grow in our walk with Christ.

When we praise God in our waiting, He gives us the strength to keep going. Let these Bible verses inspire you to patiently seek Him.

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  • Genesis 29:20

    So Jacob spent the next seven years working to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days.
  • 1 Samuel 13:8-14

    Saul waited there seven days for Samuel, as Samuel had instructed him earlier, but Samuel still didn't come. Saul realized that his troops were rapidly slipping away.  So he demanded, "Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings!" And Saul sacrificed the burnt offering himself.  Just as Saul was finishing with the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. Saul went out to meet and welcome him,  but Samuel said, "What is this you have done?"Saul replied, "I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn't arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle.  So I said, 'The Philistines are ready to march against us, and I haven't even asked for the LORD's help!' So I felt obliged to offer the burnt offering myself before you came."  "How foolish!" Samuel exclaimed. "You have disobeyed the command of the LORD your God. Had you obeyed, the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.  But now your dynasty must end, for the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart. The LORD has already chosen him to be king over his people, for you have not obeyed the LORD's command."
  • Luke 15:11-24

    To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: "A man had two sons.   The younger son told his father, 'I want my share of your estate now, instead of waiting until you die.' So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons."  "A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and took a trip to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money on wild living.   About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve.   He persuaded a local farmer to hire him to feed his pigs.   The boy became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything."  "When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, 'At home even the hired men have food enough to spare, and here I am, dying of hunger! "  I will go home to my father and say, "Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you,   and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired man."'  "So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.   His son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.'"  "But his father said to the servants, 'Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger, and sandals for his feet.   And kill the calf we have been fattening in the pen. We must celebrate with a feast,   for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.' So the party began."
  • Romans 8:24-30

    Now that we are saved, we eagerly look forward to this freedom. For if you already have something, you don't need to hope for it.  But if we look forward to something we don't have yet, we must wait patiently and confidently.  And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don't even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.  And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will.  And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.  For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters.  And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And he gave them right standing with himself, and he promised them his glory.
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:4-5

    We proudly tell God's other churches about your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are suffering.  But God will use this persecution to show his justice. For he will make you worthy of his Kingdom, for which you are suffering,
  • Hebrews 11:13-16

    All these faithful ones died without receiving what God had promised them, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed the promises of God. They agreed that they were no more than foreigners and nomads here on earth.  And obviously people who talk like that are looking forward to a country they can call their own.  If they had meant the country they came from, they would have found a way to go back.  But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a heavenly city for them.
  • Genesis 29:20-28

    So Jacob spent the next seven years working to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days.  Finally, the time came for him to marry her. "I have fulfilled my contract," Jacob said to Laban. "Now give me my wife so we can be married."  So Laban invited everyone in the neighborhood to celebrate with Jacob at a wedding feast.  That night, when it was dark, Laban took Leah to Jacob, and he slept with her.  And Laban gave Leah a servant, Zilpah, to be her maid.  But when Jacob woke up in the morning -- it was Leah! "What sort of trick is this?" Jacob raged at Laban. "I worked seven years for Rachel. What do you mean by this trickery?"  "It's not our custom to marry off a younger daughter ahead of the firstborn," Laban replied.  "Wait until the bridal week is over, and you can have Rachel, too -- that is, if you promise to work another seven years for me."  So Jacob agreed to work seven more years. A week after Jacob had married Leah, Laban gave him Rachel, too.
  • 2 Samuel 5:4-5

    David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in all.  He had reigned over Judah from Hebron for seven years and six months, and from Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah for thirty-three years.
  • Psalm 75:2

    God says, "At the time I have planned, I will bring justice against the wicked.
  • Habakkuk 2:3

    But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed."
  • Romans 5:2-4

    Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory.  We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us -- they help us learn to endure.  And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation.
  • Revelation 6:9-11

    And when the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in their witness.  They called loudly to the Lord and said, "O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long will it be before you judge the people who belong to this world for what they have done to us? When will you avenge our blood against these people?"  Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters -- their fellow servants of Jesus -- had been martyred.