July 27, 2014

Patience – Jacob Stringer

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

This past Friday my day was interrupted after my lunch break by a flat tire. This was the first time I ever changed one alone, let alone in that kind of heat. When I took my car to the shop, there was no way to fix the flat tire, so I had to get new ones. Through this somewhat minor inconvenience, I was forced to take a step back and examine how I react to sudden changes of plan. My work day was set behind and I had to sweat in the sun while putting on my flimsy spare. However, though I was so annoyed by this unexpected hassle, it made me realize how trivial the things are that we are so often impatient about. Perhaps our waiter is taking too long, or our coworkers aren’t pulling their slack, or our Internet connection isn’t fast enough. We can become so wrapped up in our own vain cares that we forget about the patient suffering of our Lord and Savior, Jesus.

Isaiah 53:7—“He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.”

How quick we are to put our own cares above serving Jesus, who serves us in ways we can never truly repay. Next time we are faced with a circumstance that tests our patience, let’s consider what James the brother of Jesus has to say:

James 5:8—“You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”

We will one day give an account for every deed we committed, good and bad. Our patience, or lack thereof, will be judged just like any other sin. Let us then take on the servant’s attitude that Jesus had, and esteem our own problems as inferior to the glory that we will share with the Lord one day.

Romans 8:18—“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

 

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