Tuesday, February 15th, 2022
Have you ever found yourself becoming more “patient” with something just by releasing your care for it? In other words, just deciding not to care about something anymore because it is taking longer than you had hoped it would to change? We’ve all been there. But while there are things we just need to “let go and let God,” there are other things that God has given us responsibility over — and those things, we simply do not have the luxury of releasing our care for. So what do we do when the things we care most for are not improving or are taking longer than we had hoped to come around? We wait on the Lord — we consider His tests of patience as James would say, “all joy.” We continue to speak God’s Word into and over it. We do not give up on those important things in our charge just as we trust God will never give up on us. We understand that because God is not done growing us until our final day, so, too, are the things under our charge still growing — their current state is not their forever state. Such patience takes courage, commitment, and faith, which is why Psalm 27 says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." Today, resolve to not be someone who believes themselves patient because they do not care, but instead someone who is patient because they wait and expect God to move within the things that are most important. After all, do we want the things most important to us to reflect the work of our hands or God’s?
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." — Psalm 27:14