Learning to wait
Friday, August 19, 2016
Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. James 1:2-3
Sounds wrong to count it a joyful thing when difficult and dark trials come your way. Why would we be joyful to find ourselves in the middle of a painful situation?
Thankfully, James gives us the reason for the command so that we can better understand and appreciate it. Know this, James says: this test of your faith is working patience in you.
What is so great about patience? What makes patience so precious or valuable that it is worth the pain we have to go through in order to get it?
Because patience means contentment with one's current situation.
There are a lot of people who have good health, plenty of money, popularity, and everything else a person might think of as the key to happiness and yet they are miserable. Why? Because they have not found contentment.
On the other hand there are those in the New Testament who are perfectly happy in the midst of miserable circumstances. Paul and Silas sing in prison, John rejoices in exile on Patmos, the apostles are thrilled to suffer for the sake of Christ.
Why? Because these saints learned to wait on God's perfect timing, wisdom, and power to accomplish His perfect purposes. This gave them total contentment and a patient and joyful spirit even in the worst situations.
Are you neck-deep in a trial of your own? Count it a joy as you learn contentment with Jesus Christ , not the things of this world.