“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:4
We live in a fast-paced world, and technology is constantly coming forth with new inventions to save us time and energy. Recently a new type of pot has been made available which is supposed to cook our meals in a much shorter time. We won’t have to use our micro-wave oven to thaw the meat, just put it in this magic pot, and presto, in a few minutes, dinner is ready.
Found this quote recently, “Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” According to James, waiting is good for us. The NLT puts it this way, “When your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.”
When we go to the Lord in prayer regarding a situation or a need, we tend to expect the Lord to answer immediately. And in some instances, He does. But there are times when He makes us wait, testing our faith, and building our endurance. We have the assurance that He heard our prayer the first time we asked, but He knows what is best for us, and in His perfect time, we will receive our answer. How many of us have been praying for a loved one’s salvation for a long time? Let us not give up, but patiently wait for God’s timing.
Prayer: Jesus, we know you hear every prayer we bring to you. Help us to be patient, knowing that you will always come through in your perfect time.
Devotion by Anne Johnston