Patience

Today is one of those work at something for a while, sit down for a while types of days. Trying to get stuff done this morning so I can write this afternoon. Weather changes can have interesting impacts on people in the senior citizen age group. So, here I am to let the knee rest, while listening to a study on my phone on patience, from the book of James, and I had to stop to revisit the section and listen again. The Lord has me settled in James a lot in the last two months. Here are the verses for the day:

James 5:1-12 ESVCome now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you. Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord, is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

It can be a hard reality to accept being patient amid suffering. You might wonder where is the social justice is in that. I wonder if it isn’t much more important to wonder about the justice of God, the length and depth of His patience, and His desire for us to stand before Him.

There is a place for us to be concerned, and active, in dealing with injustice of any kind in this world we’ve been placed. The Church, the universal body of Christ, was the original social justice organization. God has placed us where He wants us, many times with a job that has more importance than we can even imagine. Each of us has an impact. A mighty impact when we remember the command we’ve been given – go and make disciples…

And remember the truth in the fact we are told to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself. Wow. Think of the changes in all the issues this world struggles against, and in some places even works to entangle others in, if we live according to the words God has given us.

I’m not at all where I should be. But when I see people that live what they believe, that love as God loves, then there is hope that when this journey is over, I will hear the words, “well done, good and faithful servant.”

Fall has returned to Missouri. Rain and cool weather and open windows. Let the allergies and arthritis complain. I rejoice in what the Lord has given.

Blessings to you my friends. – Vicki

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