Monday September 3, 2018
7 Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lords 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. 8 You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.
Waiting is hard. James is telling us not too be anxious, but rather to be patient. I feel like I am constantly being taught patience. No matter where you are at in life there’s a good chance God has you waiting for something.
Right now God has me waiting for a lot. My career is something I have especially struggled waiting for. I graduated from college with a vague idea of what I wanted to do. I really felt like he wanted me to coach. I tried that. I really felt like he wanted me to be in finance. I interviewed for a million jobs. None of them quite felt right. I felt kind of hopeless at times.
The thing is he was molding and preparing me for an opportunity I couldn’t see. At the perfect time he provided the chance for me a to become a children’s pastor this past week. I was not expecting it, but it felt right. I felt like it was exactly what God had me waiting for.
Why should we wait? I am big on not forcing things. The time I have tried, relationships, work, etc, have not worked out. The way I look at it is, God doesn’t force relationships with us. He is the most patient person in the world. We screw up time and time again. We sometimes fall away from Jesus. He still loves us and is patient in doing so.
If God can be patient with me, I can be patient with Him.
What does God have me waiting for?
How can I prepare for what He has me waiting for?
Dear Lord, thank You for today and the hope You give us for tomorrow. Let us be patient, knowing you are in control. May we wait on your power and your glory. Amen.