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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 3:26 PM

PATIENCE IS MORE THAN JUST WAITING -- SEPT. 6 2021

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 3:26 PM
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 3:26 PM

James 3:7-11

There may be no need greater at this moment than the need for patience.

The pandemic has lasted longer than any of us could have expected and despite the presence of a vaccine, infection rates continue to climb. Whereas the desire to return to our normal life’s pre-pandemic is great, we should not have a return to the normal at the cost of public health and the greater good.

Patience is more than a call to wait, to pause, to stand still. Patience is a distinguished Christian value. Patience asks of us to wait upon God to act as opposed to acting ourselves. Patience asks of us to think about the impact of our action upon others and not be hurried into unpruned responses to life situations. We often associate patience with a sign of maturity and indication that persons have learned lessons in life that equip them to better respond to their current reality.

When patience is mentioned in this text, it is spoken in relationship to believers having to endure some difficulty. In this case some form of suffering. In a world that is pain adverse, we can miss the benefit that struggle brings and what it means to have to wait upon God.

There are limits in our humanity and we cannot always do all the things we want to do as soon as we would like to do them. There are some things in life that can only be known through the experience of patience whether it is a farmer waiting on the rain or the world waiting for a pandemic to past.

During the season of waiting, if we wait patiently God will strengthen our hearts and give us what we need to endure until the end. Remember that even while we wait, we do not wait alone for God has promised to be with us no matter the hardship or difficulty. Never alone tells us whatever He brings us to He will bring us through.

The pandemic may be our Red Sea moment when we see God act in ways that can only be known when we are patient.

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