James 1:4 —— But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
I have often heard people say, “I just don’t have the patience to do that kind of thing”. I think we can honestly say that patience is one of those things that many Christians don’t have the patience to wait for.
The truth is we don’t have to. If you are in Christ, you have patience. The ability to walk in it is greatly up to us. The ability to be patient is on the inside of us. We have to yield to it. The truth is what will set us free and cause us to have assurance in the midst of turmoil.
God is not unjust, and He has provided all that we need to do whatever He has called us to do. The above scripture tells us to“let patience have its perfect work”. We have patience within us, and we need to understand that if we won’t yield to it then we have no one to blame but ourselves.
God wants us to succeed, that’s why He is telling us to LET patience have its perfect work. If WE won’t let it, IT won’t have its perfect work. This is not because God doesn’t want the best for us, but because we are too stubborn many times to yield to Him. God has a better way for us to go through life than tripping, and stumbling, and messing up just hoping He will be there to pick up the pieces.
It takes our cooperation with God to bring His will to pass in our lives, for He will not override our will.
Here are three simple things you can do to“let patience have its perfect work”:
- Don’t get in a hurry. God doesn’t.
- Ask God to teach you what He wants you to know through everything you’re experiencing (It’s a lot better than rebelling!)
3. Give thanks that God is using the circumstances to make you more like Him. That is His goal, you know.
If we do not know how to get through the trials of life, we have to ask of God for wisdom. God promises to give it to us generously, so that through this wisdom we will not only be patient and mature but also that Christ may be reflected in our lives and the lives of those we touch.
Patience is not the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.