Patience and Its Perfecting Work

Body of Water Between Green Leaf Trees

I have noticed that in today’s “drive-through” world, we really lack the virtue of patience. We give-in too easily to impatience; however, we can find real joy when we allow patience to have a perfecting work in our thoughts, emotions and choices.

 

I used to hate the need for patience in my daily activities; however, once I started embracing the situation, with all of the frustration, wasted time, irritations, etc. and focused instead on allowing patience to perfect me, my whole attitude changed, and even my face and body language relaxed.

 

“Let patience have her perfect work” (James 1:4-8) is not telling us to “be” patient or to “get” patience. It is simply telling us to submit to God and to “allow” patience, which is a fruit from the Holy Spirit, to do its perfecting work in us (Galatians 5:22-23).

 

This allows us to abide in God’s rest much more often (Hebrews 4:10-11). We trade the negative emotions disturbing our attitude with God’s peace and joy. Then, we sit back and patiently watch to see what the Lord does with our circumstances.

 

The more we strive toward perfection the more our flesh draws us back into sin and rebellion. We can only walk in perfection as we rely on the promises and Spirit of God (2 Corinthians 7:1; 2 Peter 1:4). Our obedience to God is both inspired and empowered by His Spirit within us (Philippians 2:12-13).

 

This takes all of the stress out of life for us. We walk in freedom and joy, with God’s peace in our heart regardless of the irritating circumstances; knowing without a doubt that God has a seed for a miracle planted in the midst of every trial.

 

Prayer:

Father God, teach us that the Christian walk is not about self-effort, but about submission to You first and foremost in all areas of our life. We concede to Your plans in everything we think, say and do; and You direct our path (Proverbs 3:5-6). Remind us that our part in our spiritual walk is simply to surrender to the work of Your Holy Spirit in our life.

 

We are but a lump of clay, and You are the Master Potter (Jeremiah 18:1-6; Isaiah 64:8). You are our Alpha and Omega and You give us Your living water as we thirst for You alone (Revelation 21:6).We walk in Your ways now, and we will serve You for eternity in Your new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:1).

 

Thought for the Day:

Attempting to create for our self a perfect world, we try to discipline our self to walk in good works and obedience to God’s Word; however, this self-effort is often fruitless and counterproductive; by trusting in God to save us, and to perfect us in every way, regardless of the circumstances of our life, we enter His rest and remove all stress from our life.

 

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