I know there are a lot of jokes made about patience (“Patience is the ability to count to ten before blasting off!”, “I need patience—and I need it now!”), but when you’re the one who’s forced to wait while you suffer—or suffer while you wait—it’s no laughing matter. But, my friend, as the verse below says, we need to wait patiently on the Lord.
How Are You Waiting?
To illustrate his point, James presents a farmer.
Be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. (James 5:7-8)
Even if some of us don’t get closer to a farm than the produce stand at a local market, we can take a look at the many ways a farmer has to employ patience. He plants his crops...and then waits for the providence of God to provide the necessary rain. Finally the early rains of the fall and the late rains of spring come.
When we’re suffering, we too are to wait patiently until the coming of the Lord. How are you at waiting? Is there something God is asking you to be patient about right now?
The hope we derive from the promise of Jesus’ coming helps us to wait patiently. When He arrives, He will set everything in order. He will make things right. He will correct all abuses. He will bring deliverance from our suffering. Let the certainty of the Lord’s return encourage your heart as you endure hard times, moments that seem endless, and the unknowns of tomorrow.
Where Is Your Gaze?
Where is your gaze fixed? Downward...on the suffering you must endure? Or upward...in the direction from which Jesus will come? Or do you seldom think about it? Your patience will be helped when you look forward to the promise of His return. You and I live with “what is,” but we have the promise of “what is to be.” And in-between is the waiting time. So you can fret, worry, and pace...or you can put on a heart of patience (Colossians 3:12 nasb). Which will it be?
I pray you’ll choose to do what God says! “Be still [be patient], and know that I am God [the Lord who is coming again and the Judge who is indeed standing at the door]” (Psalm 46:10).
Lord, I’m making the decision to be still and to trust in Your promises. Today is hard, but I will wait for the rain of Your love to fall upon me. I will wait with hope for Your grace to show me the way You want me to go. Amen.
Moments of Grace for a Woman's Heart by Elizabeth George—These wonderful devotions will infuse women with the confidence that God is watching over them and will care for them in every circumstances.
Practice putting on a heart of patience this week. Before “blasting off”, pause and pray.
You and I live with “what is,” but we have the promise of “what is to be.”