Words from the Heart for Monday October 24th, 2016
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.
James 5:8 (NIV)
Be Patient and Stand Firm
A farmer plants a seed, waters it, but has to wait for the growth. In the same way, a Christian lives a life of consistency and hope, waiting for the day the Lord will return. Are you living like you are ready? Are you living consistently and with hope?
This past July, Canada’s diamond industry took another giant leap forward. But the diamond industry is one that requires great patience. For every thousand grassroots exploration projects only one becomes a mine. But when a mine opens, it produces a bonanza for the Canadian economy. Rio Tinto Group last year found — and just sold — the largest gem- quality diamond ever recorded in North America at its Diavik mine, the 187-carat Foxfire. De Beers is about to open the largest new diamond mine in the world, Gahcho Kué, 280 kilometers (175 miles) northeast of Yellowknife and Dominion Diamond Corp. last summer agreed to extend the life of the neighboring Ekati mine beyond 2020. In the words of Jonathan Comerford, chairman of Kennady Diamonds, “The return in diamonds is fantastic, but you need the patience of Job.”
In the crazy fast-paced world in which we live, patience is a challenging virtue. We want our food fast and we want the fastpass at Disney World. We pray “Lord, give me patience and give it to me right now!” But that isn’t how God sees things. The Bible teaches us that a day to the Lord is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day. God is never in a hurry. He knows how best to perfect us and how long we need to learn the lesson He is trying to teach us. And if that takes a while, then we had better work on pruning that tree so the fruit of the Spirit which is patience can come to maturity. In speaking about adversity, James 5:8 says “You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” We don’t like this kind of command. But I have seen the fruit of learning this lesson. The first missionary went to Guinea and served her entire life without seeing any fruit. But the seeds she planted now have produced thousands of churches. She lived out this command perfectly. Why is the Lord calling you to be patient and stand firm? Maybe it is for the salvation of family members, or the healing of a loved one or yourself. Maybe it is for some righteous cause. Whatever the situation, heed the words of James. Stand firm and be patient.
These have been words from the heart.