Lesson 21

Are you a patient person?  Are you really?  Would the people who are around you the most agree with your answer?  Christians can be the most impatient group.  When we tell someone about the Truth, we expect them to accept immediately.  We want them to believe completely as we finish speaking to them.  We don’t want to wait for days, weeks, months, or years.  We are like that in our personal prayer life.  We expect immediate answers.  We want to results today.  We want relief from persecution today.  We want relief from illness today.

James says, “Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door.” (NIV)

Crops do not grow overnight.  You’ve probably been told at sometime in your life that “good things to those who wait.”  Waiting might not be fun if you don’t want it to, but it will be so worth it.  We are called to be patient and wait.  It is all in His hands.

But while waiting, try to fall into your usual grumbling attitude.  Yes, you.  “Why can’t things happen quicker?”  “Why can’t you do something to help speed things up?”  “If Jane would pull her weight, maybe we could get this accomplished.”  “If the pastor would visit more, we would reach people.”  “If we could get a nicer looking building, we could get more people to come in.”  Folks, this is grumbling.  This is not following His commands.

Are you a grumbler?  Are you waiting patiently?  Think about it very carefully.