Key Verse: Verse 4 – “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
Key Words: But let patience have her perfect work
Learning to wait: it’s called patience. It is a fruit of the Spirit. It comes from walking in the Spirit. Oh, how hard it is to come by, but patience is required in order to succeed in this spiritual life we live. You can’t avoid it. All of us at some point in life must learn to “wait on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).
Abraham and Sarah had to wait for their promised child, Isaac. Their failure to wait produced many trials in their lives.
Noah had to wait for God’s promised rain.
Jacob had to wait fourteen years in order to marry the love of his life, Rachel.
I have found that most of us want patience and we want it now!! God causes us to wait for the maturing of our faith and for His glory.
Our Daily Bread records the following.
“The purposes of God often develop slowly because His grand designs are never hurried. The great New England preacher Phillips Brooks was noted for his poise and quiet manner. At times, however, even he suffered moments of frustration and irritability. One day a friend saw him feverishly pacing the floor like a caged lion. ‘What’s the trouble, Mr. Brooks?’ he asked. ‘The trouble is that I’m in a hurry, but God isn’t!’ Haven’t we felt the same way many times? Some of the greatest missionaries of history devotedly spread the seed of God’s Word and yet had to wait long periods before seeing the fruit of their efforts. William Carey, for example, labored seven years before the first Hindu convert was brought to Christ in Burma, and Adoniram Judson toiled seven years before his faithful preaching was rewarded. In western Africa, it was fourteen years before one convert was received into the Christian church. In New Zealand, it took nine years; and in Tahiti, it was sixteen years before the first harvest of souls began.”
Our cry should not be “Now, O Lord,” but rather “Lord, I’m willing to wait so I can watch you work.” Let me assure you, it’s worth the wait.
What to do:
✞ Wait on the Lord. A failure to do so will cause trouble for many.
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