July 8th 2010

Clothed With Patience

7th in a series

“But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
James 1:4 (NKJV)

The funny line goes, “Lord give me patience, but give it to me now!”

I’m sure we all know how valuable patience is and yet how frustrating it is when we have to exercise it.

The scriptures indicate that patience is one of the most important Christian virtues. Why is this? Because all the qualities that the Holy Spirit is developing within us take time. During this process we have to be patient or we will interrupt or delay that work. We have to co-operate with God in this process; he does not force us but encourages and prompts us with urgings by the Holy Spirit.

James provides us with an easily understood analogy in this connection: “Therefore 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 the latter rain.” (James 5:7).

We can readily understand that the crops will not come until they have received all that they need in order to grow and mature. It is the same with us: we will not produce the fruit that God is working in us until we receive all that is necessary to produce that fruit; and the clear indication here is that it will take time. If we become impatient we risk cutting off the process too early. The fruit will not be as good or as abundant as it could be, just as a field harvested too soon will not yield the quality or quantity that it could if it had received all the growth opportunity that a little patience would have provided.

A little patience goes a long way—let’s not sell ourselves short.

Father in heaven, may I be patient and wait on you, trusting you to know exactly the right time that I need, to grow into the image of Jesus Christ.

Study by David Stirk 

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