WEDNESDAY 15TH MARCH, 2017 READ – Day: 1 Cor. 11; Night: Lev 26-27
THEME: LEARN TO BE PATIENT
TEXT: JAMES 5:7-11
HYMN: EMHB 539 (stanza 5) – Patience to watch, and wait and weep
Patience is a virtue which many, especially Christians, ignore daily. Nobody wants to wait on a queue to purchase a ticket or make some payments, for the traffic light to change, for the driver to come and pick him/her or to withdraw money from the teller machine. We are always in a hurry. Patience is God’s divine nature and one of the fruit of the Holy Spirit we need as children of God.
Patience is the capacity or ability to accept or tolerate delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry or upset or irrational. It is the willingness to stay in the present and live in the situation in hope that change will come at the right time. Apostle James, from the passage this morning, advises us to exercise patience even as we wait upon the Lord. He cites Job as an example of one who waited patiently and was finally visited by God.
May be we are fed up with the character of some people who refused to embrace change, let us not give up on them as we patiently and continually pray for them, for God’s visitation. Do we have such pressing needs that require immediate attention by God? Be patient. Have you prayed but answers seem not to be so quick? Let us be patient because God has promised He will never fail us.
We must learn to be patient for God Himself may use the delay to keep us away from unseen or impending danger. The promises of God are golden and if God has said something concerning you or your situation or about someone, it must stand for God cannot lie.
MEMORY VERSE: James 5:8 “You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”
PRAYER: Help me O Lord, to wait patiently upon Your sure promises which will not delay, even if it does, will not be denied in Jesus’ name. Amen.