Monday, October 25, 2010

Always be patient.

7Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. 8You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near. 9Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
10Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. (James 5:7-11)

These followers of Jesus Christ were being taken advantage of and abused. They were being tempted to become bitter, disgruntled, explosive with impatience and rebellious. James doesn't encourage them to be outraged, crying, "To the barricades! To the picket lines! Destroy the system!" Nothing he says will make them give up in despair. He has been telling them how they should live throughout his entire letter, but now he underlines the fact that they should always be patient.
God has a time for everything he brings into our lives. We are ignorant of his schedule but we are not unaware of his sovereignty, nor of our duty. Resentment gets focused on why God delays or why he permits pain to hit us. He does not make us privy to his reasons for not taking away our sufferings, but he gives every one of his people grace to cope with them, and he tells us "be patient." Every day we receive the providence of God. Nothing can rob us of that. Everything comes at the right time.

Peace and love,


"This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. " (1 John 4:9-10)

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