Bible Stories About Patience: 5 Important Scripture Summaries

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The Bible is a great resource and reminder of the many that have gone before us with patience and endurance. Here are five Bible stories about patience that feature some great men of faith.

And let us not be weary in well doing:
for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
(Galatians 6:9)

Abraham – The Father of Many Nations

God promised to Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. But when the promise was first given (Genesis 12:1-3) Abraham and his wife Sarah did not have any children. God continued to restate His promise to Abraham through the years (Genesis 13:6; 15:1-6; 17:6-8; 18:10).

Abraham, though known as a man of faith, took his wife’s suggestion and had a child with Sarah’s handmaid. The son’s name was Ishmael. But this was not the son God intended for Abraham. (Genesis 16)

Finally when Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 years old God gave them their son Isaac. Though it took years of patiently waiting, they received the promise of God. Hebrews 6:15 says of Abraham, “And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”

Joseph – From Pit to Prison to Palace – A Picture of Patience

Joseph’s brothers sold him as a slave (Genesis 37:27, 28). Though he did not understand all that was happening, he trusted God to work out His plan in His time. Joseph patiently worked faithfully in each situation he was in. He waited for God to fulfill His promise that Joseph would be a leader of his people (Genesis 37:5-11). He had to be patient as he believed God, but probably wondered why he was sitting in a prison cell.

Bible Stories About Patience

From pit to prison to palace

God did lift Joseph up to great power and responsibility. Not only was he a leader of his people, but he ruled over the people of Egypt too. Patience was needed to allow God to accomplish His purposes in the life of Joseph and his family.

Job – The Man of Patience

Probably the best known story of patience in the Bible is the life of Job. To prove Job’s faithfulness to the Lord, God allowed the devil to destroy everything Job owned (Job 1). Job was a wealthy man. He lost his crops, property, cattle and servants. But most devastating of all was when Job lost his children. However, Job did not blame God. He accepted that God had a plan and would be patient for God to reveal His plan.

Job’s friends came to council him. They tried to find out what great sin Job had committed to deserve the punishment he received. Job would not admit to any sin. Job knew that sometimes bad things happen to good people.

Often people will talk about the patience of Job. He knew God had a plan and was willing to accept what God allowed in his life. In the end God restored to Job twice as much as he had in the beginning (Job 42:10).

Simeon – Eagerly Awaited the Messiah

Luke 2 tells the story of the birth of Christ. The angels announced his birth to the shepherds who then went to see Jesus in the manger. Later, in the same chapter, Mary and Joseph took baby Jesus to the temple to give an offering to God for the birth of their child.

The Holy Ghost had revealed to a man named Simeon that he would not see death until he had seen the birth of the Messiah. The Bible does not indicate how long Simeon waited for the birth of Christ, but the fact that it says he would not die until he saw the Saviour indicates that he waited some time.

After Jesus arrived in the temple Simeon was led by the Spirit to visit Him there. Simeon took Jesus in his arms and thanked God that the promised child had arrived. Joseph and Mary were surprised by Simeon’s actions. Simeon knew that he could depart in peace.

Jesus – An Example of Patience

Hebrews 12 says of Jesus’ death on the cross that it was something He “endured.” While His crucifixion was for our salvation, the Bible says His death is also an example for our lives. When we are worn down during our daily tasks we are reminded in Hebrews 12:2, 3, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”

Before Jesus arrived at the cross He patiently trained the disciples. Even after His miracles and proclamations of being the Son of God, the disciples were often confused as to who Jesus was. Today we think of the disciples as being mature men of faith. But as we read through the gospel accounts, Jesus was still trying to teach them how to persevere in prayer up until the moment He was taken in the garden to be crucified.

Patience for Us Too

Whatever the task is that God has called us to, we need to continue doing the work even if we don’t see the progress we would like to see. Even Jesus was teaching His disciples until the moment of His death. Jesus is an example of patience for us.


The Holy Bible, King James Version

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

shuayb May 8, 2011 at 4:35 am

Thank you sir for telling us what we really dont know and we really need to know more about everythings these days so thanks alot for the hard work bye now


Adesola May 24, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Thank God for your life sir, I so much like this your writeup in fact with your permission sir I will like to include it in my write up about Patience: A key to Divine Blessings.


David Peach May 25, 2011 at 7:52 am

You are certainly welcome to make a link to this post or do a short quote with a link to the original content. Please don’t copy the whole article.

I am glad you found it helpful.


gbenga March 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm

waiting is not easy but those who waited patiently got beter result. i was blessed by the write-up.


lol March 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I have used it for my homework! thanks i would get an A with this thanks 😀


Mom June 6, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Thank you for your hard work & service in the name of the Lord!! I received good insight into the Scriptures thanks to your multiple examples. I was searching for additional stories of God’s patience to illustrate further I Cor. 13:4-6 “Love is patient”, with the substitution of God being love. These additional stories via link will help our family Bible study further. May God richly bless you & yours as well as your ministry to the deaf as well as to those of us on line.


James June 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Thanks for this article. I was looking for stories to illustrate the aspect of the fruit of the Spirit patience for children’s ministry. I forgot about the story of Simeon. That is a wonderful story to give hope to young believers to look forward to perhaps seeing the coming of our Lord in their lifetime.


pratikshya bsnet July 10, 2012 at 12:23 am

Thx a lot for keepin this page it is very useful n i learned lot from it….


patience duma August 29, 2012 at 3:42 am

i want to be patient i am always trying to make things but i cant find what im looking for so it is better to be patient.


Ikeashi Esther Mercy September 17, 2012 at 9:35 am

I’m highly blessed by your write up. May God bless you sir. I wish to use a bit of it for a sermon preparation.


joanna September 28, 2012 at 8:53 am

This was very helpful, and it calmed me down. Thank you


Jared October 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Also noah was patient when God told him to build the ark, he didn’t think twice about it but waited patiently for God to send the rain even though people mocked him. Just like in our lives people may bring us down, try and hinder our spirit and defeat us with negative words but our God never fails, patients is one of the keys to blessings. The word says wait upon the lord, in other words being patient and if we do so greater things will unfold in our lives


Kk sammy February 9, 2013 at 9:36 am

Thanx for all


lina July 29, 2013 at 4:29 am

Dear Pastor,
Thank you for this blog,I am asking permission to use your teachings on patience.Contents are brief and can be easily understood.

Thank you and God bless yot and your Ministry.


Helen L August 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

I want to thank God for everything that he has done for me . God will always be with you no matter what. Stay in his word everyday. I praise you Lord Jesus Hallelujah


Evelyn May 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm

I am very lost, I am in despair. I have healthy children, I good job and so many opportunities. Yet I feel unaccomplished, alone and fear I will lose all that I love. I want to devote all I am to the lord, I have never been religious in my faith, and have yet to baptize my children into my born Catholic faith. as I write, I realize how unfocused I am, I do not know which direction the lord wants me to go. I beg for guidance so that I can become a faithful, patient servant of the lord.

Humbly awaiting your response.

God Bless everyone.


Rebecca January 28, 2019 at 6:37 pm

Don’t give up hope, God is a merciful just father who loves you.I can’t say that everything will be perfect because it’s not. Jesus I think of him as my friend doing that makes every situation better. Even when I’m confused, lonely, heartbroken, and lost. He reminds me always that He is there, and is always patient, and kind, and loving, and empathetic. And so I know that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose.My favorite versus is “For I know the plans I have for you to declares the Lord plans for welfare and not evil to give you a future and hope.”~Jeremiah 29:11. Hope this helps, I’m praying for you and everyone else who is struggling like me.


Femi May 15, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Thank you for this write up. I am very blessed.
Also, I will like to encourage Evelyn. Firstly, I thank God for the way you are feeling because the word of God says in Phil 2:13 that “For it is God that work in us both to will and to do His good pleasure”. The feeling you are having is birth in you by God himself so that you can cry out to Him for help. This means that even when you think and know that you are far from Him, He is loving you. He wants you to leave a fulfilled life. And as you have said, nothing else that you possesses gives fulfillment apart from Jesus. Start by talking to Him sincerely in your heart that He should show you the way to Him. Believe that He has heard and answered. Then wait for Him, He will send you help in His own way.


Emma June 14, 2015 at 3:06 am

Your write up on the virtue of patience is a classic and inspiring. Thank you so much. Bless you


pastor c. November 23, 2015 at 4:52 pm

this message is helping word of patients to all of us and we sure needed this message today amen.


Osehi Esanbor February 12, 2016 at 3:59 am

I am indeed blessed by the exemplet of people of patience you gave. It really strenghtened me. God Bless you.


Moses March 11, 2018 at 3:53 am

Thank God for your life sir, I so much like this your writeup in fact with your permission sir I will like to include it in my write up about Patience, what define & Refine Person


Sheddrack May 3, 2018 at 1:22 am

This article really help me a lot. Lord please don’t let my waiting on you patiently be in vain.


free October 4, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Hello,nice share.


Jack Wellman October 4, 2018 at 1:52 pm

Thank you for your comment.


Gloria February 25, 2019 at 6:07 am

Am grateful for the powerful message, God bless you
Can get your email, l would like to learn more from you.


Thenjiwe Palane May 8, 2019 at 2:29 am

I am blessed beyond measure,have learnt many things in the area of patients.God bless you


Faith October 18, 2019 at 4:28 am

Glory be to God Almighty, I was pondering on how to teach patience with examples to my pupil, when I Google it, your write up is a relief ,Thank you. Expecting more like HOPE


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