I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. (Psalm 130:5)
The apostle James tells us, "The testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete." There is no greater test of faith than waiting, and there is no greater producer of patience than faith. We cannot have one without the other. Patience without faith is not faith; it is complacency. Likewise faith without patience is not faith; it is no more than superstition. The unifying factor between faith and patience is God's Word. It is the evidence of faith and the measure of patience. We can believe all we want and wait all we want, but if our hope and patience is not based on the Word of God, both are in vain. Faith and patience must have an object—a purpose. Therefore like the psalmist, let us by faith, wait on the Lord and trust in His Word.