PATIENCE…. The word means: enduring pain, trouble, et cetera, with composure, without complaint. It is very close in meaning to the word “wait.” We are a society that does not like the word. We have seen “road rage” and its dire consequences because someone dared upset our intended time, perhaps by as little as 2 minutes.
What does the Bible have to say about patience?
James 1:2-4. We have built an American theology that says a Christian should not suffer, and if he does, there is something wrong with his walk with God. Experience teaches us otherwise. I personally have come through several years of illness. Not long ago I grew tired of it all and complained to the Lord. The Holy Spirit whispered to my heart that verse from James 1:4. “Let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
“Let patience have its perfect work.” Verse 3 then tells us how to get this patience. “The trying of your faith produces patience.” Peter joins in this thought. 1 Peter 1:7, “that the trying (genuineness) of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes though it be tried by fire, may be found in praise, honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
We can never understand all of God’s dealings with us, but Faith holds on, and in the process we gain patience, that we may be “perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
Written by Gladys in 2004