Patience is a Virtue
Patience and Faith. Two very important qualities that I think are really important for us to keep close to our hearts in this time and day. Patience- while we wait for the Lord to step in and make a difference in this world and our lives and Faith- an unshakable belief that He WILL indeed do that. But it’s hard. He doesn’t make it easy. Sometimes He works behind the scenes and can take up to years to for His plan to develop. A true test of Patience and Faith!
I truly believe that the Lord loves to test us! It’s like He is sitting up there rubbing His hands together saying, “How can I test her today!” Don’t believe me? Well, proof is in the pudding, people, because let’s take a look at James 1 starting at verse 2: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds…” Are you kidding me?? Count it all joy?!!! You know that phrase, “Patience is a virtue”? Well, not right now its not! We are going thru some serious trials right now!!
Count it all joy…. I think that’s God’s way of sneaking in that hope because yes, we should always have hope. Even if it’s just a little bit because as we continue to read in James, we know that the testing of our faith produces steadfastness. Because when we let steadfastness have its full effect, know that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Without hope, we have nothing. With hope, steadfast hope, we lack in nothing.
The phrase, “we live in uncertain times” has never been more true than where we find ourselves today. The threat of war, violence, governmental divide, racism, ethical concerns, and climate destruction. This in addition to the challenges we face every day- homelessness, poverty, sexual violence, hunger, depression, inequality, sickness, and death. It’s a wonder we make it through. It’s a wonder that we survive it. It’s enough to bring you down. It’s enough to make you really angry, to get mad and shout at the Lord and say, “Why me??!! Why us??!!”
The good news today is that it’s ok to get angry. God understands that. It’s ok to shout at the Lord because He understands our pain and wants to take our burdens from us. He is there ready to comfort us. The proof is right here in James. Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the CROWN OF LIFE, (the Crown of Life!) which God has promised to those who love him. All we have to do is at least have a little bit of hope, at least a little bit of patience, and a lot of steadfast faith. God will not forsake us! Do not be deceived my beloved Brothers and Sisters! EVERY good gift and EVERY perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is NO variation or shadow due to change. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
I know it seems at times that we will be overcome. But we must keep that little bit of hope. We must have patience, and we must be steadfast in our faith because this too shall pass and we shall be rewarded for our steadfastness by our heavenly Father who loves us without measure.
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