Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming . . . Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as 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.
Patience in Jesus Pays
“Be patient!” Children are not the only ones who sigh and groan at the sound of those words. At a young age, we are taught to expect things instantly. Our news, food, and sometimes even money are all delivered to us instantly. Even this devotion is right at your fingertips. We are conditioned to be anything but patient.
James encourages Christians of every age to be patient. We might want to know why Jesus has not yet returned or why he is running the world the way he is. Why is he not running my life the way I want him to? I want answers and I want them now. It is so easy for us to forget to be patient and to simply trust in the Lord. It is our trust in him that he wants the most.
Be patient. When Job was patient, God brought about a life of peace and abundance. He will do the same for you. In fact, he will give you more—an eternity of peace and abundance. The God who is filled with compassion and mercy gave you Jesus. Jesus patiently endured the cross for all of our sinful impatience. Now, in Jesus, we have the promise of an eternity with God. Patience in Jesus pays.
Lord, give me patience and trust in you. Help me to keep my eyes joyfully fixed on Jesus until he brings me to be with him in heaven. Amen.