I want to be patient, right now!

“Be patient… See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains”

James 5:7 (NIV)

“Patience” is one of those virtues that I long to develop. But I am in a hurry all the time. We all seem to expect instant gratification for our efforts, and don’t take the time to really think things through.

This verse is a fantastic picture. The farmer works hard, makes good choices, and does what it takes to earn an income. But he ‘waits’ for months. He has to depend on the harvest that will come eventually.

A little boy was told by his grandpa that he will give him ten dollars at the end of the week for helping him do some gardening. The end of the week came and the wise old man told the lad that if he waited one more week for his wage that he would give him $30. The child had his heart set on an action figure toy and took the money. He went to the store and saw that the toys were also sold in packs of 10 for $30. “Why didn’t you tell me, grandpa?” “You didn’t take the time to ask”, the man replied (see the end of James 4:2).


Heavenly Father, help me to work hard yet make time to pray and think. Give me the patience to slow down and allow You to bless me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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