Patience For Reward

Patience for Reward

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, Patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.

James 5:7

It’s not easy being patient in adversity. Honestly, has there ever been a good time for a “bad” time?

I have yet to pass a fruit stand or food truck advertising “Hand Crafted Problems Here, Fresh & Organic”, have you? Because problematic situations don’t normally advertise themselves as what they are, but soon do in a manner of time. 

It’s true, we often want major problems to be over and done with all in a split second. Personally in most cases, I would if that were possible.

Adversity would last just long enough to erase its very existence, like one of my family’s favorite movies, Men in Black starring Will Smith & Tommy Lee Jones, the unwanted memory would be completely zapped with a blink of a light, so as to avoid even ever recalling. 

Really though, who wouldn’t? But, even in just this thought alone , imaginatively proporting a problem free life robs us of a major component. James, who authored the verse above, seemingly as to anticipate a futuristic, turbulent world. He pens a letter with an example of the farmer in the autumn and spring seasons that “Patience” in suffering is a required passage for reward…

If adversity existed for only a brief moment leaving no memory or opportunity to learn, you and I would be void of character. I would even dare to say that the core of our value system would be marred. The opportunity would never present situations in which to grow: in resistance to evil, to curate judgement or empathy. And specifically that it enables perseverance for reward; patience simply does that!

 

Patience makes me look at the end result instead of the current circumstances. It is a companion in choosing the best over good or just good enough.

In dealing with “some” instances Patience in the adversity can produce greater outcomes than rushing ever will. When there’s nothing else to do but wait … Patience can play a role that has never been afforded. It can hold a mirror to our true character when faced with questionable options … With two scenes behind a vulnerable reflection, an easy fix but short lived road possibly with many potholes and hidden craters, blind spots negatively touching every part of what is important. The other with a path looks more like a curvaceous journey yet with careful turns held with total, uncompromising trust with your fingers and hand perfectly fit into the Father’s.

But the way would be sure, it would be righteous and with patience, like Job, compassion and mercy would meet you along the way. At the end of the test the memories would no longer exist as just an introduction to the experience, but it would have become an intrical reproduction of your new DNA. 

See Patience is not only a virtue, as commonly defined as a high moral standard … it is … but there could be greater cause and effect encounter. I have & am finding Patience in adversity to be a counselor, a life tutor, an agent of change … for the one trusting in something greater than the now.

With Patience you can slowly evolve into new expectations while conditioning your heart & mind for the next step.

Realize, it is necessary to feel the sadness and disappointment Patience many times brings (but understand also) so does the haste but multiplied … Rushing into action without Patience and prayer and logicallying listing the pros and cons is foolish. Anywhere Patience is required but avoided is sure to multiply the original start of pain. With Patience you can slowly evolve into new expectations while conditioning your heart & mind for the next step. Coupled in prayer it also bridges a protective boundary against the elements.

“In” Patience we are empowered by Jesus Christ (who is greater than ourselves) who has conquered everything when He rose from the grave. It increases a spiritual vision to see (yes) even beyond the cross; to the reward of His heavenly reign! Remember the cross is what Jesus bore, it is not where He is! 

 

In tribulation, He is the same as in our victories, what many times changes in adversity is our focus.

May we have Patience to pray. To hear. To see. And for some to speak what needs to be said.

Patience to seek for the personal best.

In tribulation, He is the same as in our victories, what many times changes in adversity is our focus.

What place in this season does it call for you to apply patience?

Like in James 5. Is there a place where you’ve switched to an unwise path because there’s an option for a “quick but questionable fix”? If so, there’s no added guilty feelings, we all have at some time have faced a time when the lesser seem better … But the super sweet thing about having a loving Father like God, is that He forgives and gives us a second chance to place things in the right perspective. Patience helps to reset our mindset and focus even as the world seems to be out of it. – TSH

“Be patient and stand firm, because the Lord is full of compassion & mercy.”

… You too, be patient
&
stand firm,
Because the Lord’s coming is near.


Don’t grumble against one another, brothers & sisters
Or you will be judged.
The Judge is standing at the door!


Brothers & sisters, as an example of patience
In the face of suffering,
Take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 


As you know, we count as blessed
Those who have persevered.


You have heard of Job’s perseverance
And have seen what the Lord finally brought about.
The Lord is full of compassion & mercy.

James 5: 7 -10