Ezekiel 42:1-43:27 / James 5:1-20 / Psalms 119:1-16 / Proverbs 28:6-7
James 5:7-8 and 11
“Therefore, be patient brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See also 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. (V.11) Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord – that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”
We are not well trained in our world today regarding patience. We are a generation that wants things FAST – fast food, high speed internet, “drive through” everything, microwaveable, “fast cash”, immediate results, instant communication, games and entertainment to fill every spare second, etc… We’ve become accustomed to expect to get what we want and get it NOW. This kind of conditioning definitely makes walking in the kind of patience that God requires of us (for our good) quite a challenge.
It’s imperative that we STOP AND TAKE A MINUTE to think through God’s definition of patience if we hope to live in the peace and joy that He so desperately wants to give us. God doesn’t operate by the world’s rules – He’s not into “quick fixes”, “tips and techniques” and temporary happiness…His rewards are long lasting, truly authentic, eternal and far more satisfying than anything the world serves up. God’s gifts can’t be gained at a “drive through window” or “on demand”. What He offers only comes by way of walking in an ever-growing, real deal REALTIONSHIP with Him that can’t be purchased, fast-tracked or manufactured.
God asks His children to WALK WITH HIM and WAIT upon Him.– His timing, His plans, His purposes, His ideas, the gifts that He wants to give us here on earth and eternally. He compares Godly patience to a farmer who plants, waters, cares for and waits for his crops to grow – a good, healthy harvest can’t be rushed! As we wait patiently on Him, we can see Him working in our lives and our faith builds. As our faith builds, our trust in His faithfulness and goodness grows. Our Heavenly Father is long suffering, His love is enduring, His gifts are deeply satisfying to our souls…COMPLETELY WORTH THE WAIT!