Proverbs 16:32 (NLT)
Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.
This scripture states plainly, “to overcome our own passions, requires more steady management than obtaining victory over an enemy.” Sometimes in life, we feel that we need to be victorious over others, especially when they wrong us. However, I submit to you today that true warriors are victorious over themselves, for victory over self is the hardest of all victories. One commentator suggests that "one who can suppress its motions, does not revenge, but shows himself ready to forgive injuries, is more like God." When you are slow to anger, you are more like God. You possess wisdom and power over yourself. God has formed us in His image and desires for us to be more like Him. Remember God is not apt to revenge rather God is ready to forgive injuries. God is calling us to be more like Him. So, the question is do you want real power?
Consider the following:
God is giving us one of the major keys in life to get real power and that is patience. Patience will unlock many doors. When people speak ill over your life, have patience. When you are being lied on, have patience. When you feel like you are backed in a corner, have patience. When you feel the enemy is using the closest person to you, have patience. When your loved one lapses into addiction, have patience. When you feel you are misunderstood, have patience. When you feel all hope is gone in your situation, have patience. When you feel you are fighting life by yourself, have patience. When you feel your prayers are not being answered, have patience. In all these situations we can choose to become angry and try and exert some form of power in the situation. However, God is calling you to have patience in your situation. God says, yield to your need for control of others or over situations, and start exercising control over your own life. God says, true power is in the form of patience, true power is represented in the image of God because remember God is omnipotent.