Embrace the Cause

Embrace the Cause

Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. James 1:3

Recommended Reading – James 1:2-4

When we pray, “Lord, give me patience,” what is the cause? A traffic jam? A spouse’s irritating habit? A child’s messy room? We know God will answer that prayer because we know He wants us to be patient; patience is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22—“longsuffering”). But the reasons we pray for patience are several degrees removed from how the New Testament portrays the need for patience.

Over and over in the epistles, patience is linked to persecution and troubles (2 Corinthians 6:4; Colossians 1:11). That is not to say that our need for patience in the everyday “trials” of life is inconsequential. But compared to persecution and trouble relating to one’s faith—that calls for a deeper level of patience. In short, the deeper the trial, the deeper the lesson of patience learned. That doesn’t mean we have to invent trials in order to learn patience; the trials will come on their own. But it does mean we must welcome them as teachers and tutors in the spiritual life.

Regardless of why you need patience today, embrace the cause and ask the Spirit to manifest patience in your response so “you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:4).

Hope is the foundation of patience.
John Calvin


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