Today we are studying the FRUIT of PATIENCE.
I am finding that there is a deeper root to the problem of impatience.
Something more than just being in a hurry to get through the Security line.
It has less to do about the impatience we feel towards our spot in the traffic jam or our arguing kids, and more to do with the deeper root of fear.
not being good enough...we can work tirelessly to achieve…to make a name for ourselves…filling our days with “doing” as we physically run our bodies and our spirits into the ground.,.which of course, leads to diminished tolerance and patience for others.
not getting what we deserve… unmet expectations placed in all the wrong places (or people) can lead us to feelings of bitterness and resentment, which then leads to an attitude that is lacking in grace and patience.
just to name a few.
Patience is linked to waiting and waiting is not a part of our culture. We live in a “I want it now” world where that becomes very possible… just a click away with Amazon Prime:)
James tells us in Chapter 5 verse 7, “Be patient, therefore, brothers, (and sisters!) until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains…
Verse 8 “…Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
We grow impatient when we cannot see the hope of our future.
We develop fear, when we do not BELIEVE the hope of our future in Christ.
Instead of merely praying for patience, I am going to pray that the Lord will give me His perspective to “see” the hope of my future! To see beyond my immediate circumstance…it’s so very small compared to my eternal hope!
*AS A SIDE NOTE: Let’s also remember that God has a PROMISE for those who remain steadfast…They will be blessed! (James 5:11) Come on now, our God is so generous, He BLESSES us when we “do the right thing!”
That nasty root of fear can be released as we rest in the hope we have in Jesus. The eternity beyond the here and now that our human flesh feels “stuck” in.
“But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.” -Romans 8:25 (HCSB)
Oh, Father, let my heart be glad and my flesh rest in HOPE.
As we “rest in HOPE” patience will follow ❤
“We do not wait in vain. We wait for our God-the God who has promised and secured our full redemption through Jesus Christ.” -Andrea Lucado
I LOVE what Andrea suggests…
Let’s (wait & ) longsuffer TOGETHER! We need to stick by each other like glue Sisters! There are times in our lives when we have a need for our tribe…our band of Sisters…to come alongside us and pull us up on our feet! Can I get an AMEN?
May we all be given God’s eyes to see beyond our circumstance…to develop patience for the great hope that is our future, and to remember that it is available to us right now.