“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me up out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. (Psalm 40:1-3)
The connection between waiting and trusting is an undeniable one. In fact, it is impossible to wait for the Lord, much less wait patiently for him, if we do not trust him. Quite often, our biggest excuse for not waiting for the Lord is that we do not have enough patience to do so, but our ability to wait, or our lack thereof, is not as much about patience as it is about trust. Our ability, or willingness, to wait is directly proportional to our level of trust. If we do not truly believe that God's heart toward us is good and that he will take care of us, then waiting becomes impossible, because we will always be busy trying to arrange and control our lives and our circumstances. Thus, if we cannot, or will not, wait for the Lord, then we do not have a patience problem, we have a trust problem.