James 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
One Sunday morning in our church service, I spoke on patience. I was saying we should all be more patient with one another and the burdens they bear. I spoke of how trials will help work in us patience if we will listen to God during the trial. I also mentioned how we should pray one for another. That is all Biblical, right.
With the morning service over, I headed home to get some lunch and prepare for our afternoon baptismal service. At the time, we did not have a baptistery in our church so we would go to another church during cold months for baptismal services. When I got home, I found my finished basement had about 1 inch of standing water in most of it. Our sump pump had quit working. I quick called a friend who knew about plumbing and he and I got the water pretty much cleaned up and the pump temporarily working again. When I joined the church service that afternoon, I half-jokingly asked them, “Which one of you yahoos decided to pray for the Pastor to have more patience? Well, whoever you are cut it out.” Everyone laughed.
Since then when I have heard people praying, “God, please give me patience,” I often wondered what might be coming their way to help them gain patience. I have long stopped praying for patience. My life has enough trials in it to help me learn patience on a daily basis. I now pray for peace.
Today, as the burdens of life begin to bear upon you, think back on things you do now with ease which once were trials in your life. Walking was a trial when you were a one-year-old and driving when you were sixteen. Things that once seemed almost impossible, trials of the past you now do with ease. The trials you face today may also be the very things that makes you a much better Christian for tomorrow.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Jeremiah 30, 31 / Psalm 79 / Proverbs 1 / James 1, 2
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Ecc. 9-10 / Gal. 3
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