They say patience is a virtue – and I suppose that it is. It sure doesn’t come natural for most of us. It’s so much easier to be impatient and want things to happen now.
James is exhorting us to develop and maintain patience in our lives. He told us in chapter 1 to allow patience through trials to work it’s way out in our lives – and through trial – our patience (among other things) is developed and we will be complete not lacking in anything.
Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:4
James reminds us of Job – and his patient enduring through trials. What an example he is to us.
How’s your patience quotient?
- with your kids?
- when you’re driving?
- at the grocery store?
What does the Bible say about patience?
- It’s a command
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him… Psalm 37:7
- Love is Patient
Love is patient and kind… 1 Corinthians 13
- Patiently Serve
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
- There’s strength in it
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
God provides us with many opportunities in life to develop our patience, if we have a heart to do so.
“The times we find ourselves having to wait on others may be the perfect opportunities to train ourselves to wait on the Lord.” Joni Eareckson Tada
What’s God doing in your life? How’s He at work to develop you into a fully committed follower? Today’s a new day – practice patience as you live your life.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor