Patience is a Virtue
Posted: Saturday, November 21
Verse of the day:
Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord's return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near. (James 5:7-8)
Patience-we recognize that it is a virtue worth having, but when we are asked to display it, we fail to recognize the opportunity, and choose instead to murmur and complain. When we are suffering, our natural response is to want it to stop "right now!" We want the illness or discomfort eradicated, and we want to return to a life of ease. But we are urged here to display patience, and to continue that patience, not for a week, a month, a year, or a decade but "until the coming of the Lord." We certainly don't want our afflictions to last that long, and of course so often God intervenes and spares us prolonged suffering. Still, we must be prepared with the mindset that says that is how long we are prepared to hold out if necessary.
This passage also directs us to observe the farmer who waits patiently for the anticipated harvest. We must be like him as we practice our patience. And we are to establish our heart by taking courage, knowing that the coming of the Lord is emanate.