21 Nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith.
Why does the Lord try our patience?
- One reason is to allow us to demonstrate our level of commitment. Before the earth was created, the Savior defined the purpose of our mortal life in these words: “And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them” (Abraham 3:25). We don’t demonstrate our faithfulness during the easy times, but during the difficult times, when it would be so much easier to abandon ship and give up. He tests our patience so that we can verify that our commitment is real and strong.
- Another reason is because, like muscles, our patience grows when it meets resistance. If our patience were never tested, it would become flabby, and we would soon be spiritually out of shape. In order to maintain our spiritual fitness and even increase our strength, we need to meet the resistance which gives us opportunities to exercise and therefore strengthen our patience.
I’m grateful that Heavenly Father loves me enough to try my patience and my faith. As I study patience in the Book of Mormon this week and as I seek to develop this attribute, I will be mindful of the experiences I face each day which test my patience. I will remember that those experiences enable me to both prove myself and to become stronger.