James 1The Message (MSG)
Faith Under Pressure
2-4 “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let patience do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”
Patience is the key ingredient to becoming mature and well developed. Amazing. For years I have pondered this scripture. I started noticing how impatient I actually can be. I realized that sometimes at a “fast food restaurant”, I can be frustrated by how long it can actually take.
I noticed that standing in front of a microwave oven, I can get a little agitated at how long my tea is taking to prepare. What is up with that?
Then I wondered how long it must have taken to to do just about anything when this scripture was written… and how James, (above), must have seen the exact same reality in his day… how long it took and how frustrated he got while making a scroll to write on. What is up with our society of excess and fast everything?
So I pondered some more; and “entered in” to a meditative place of what patience is, and how it develops us when exercised. First it gets us in touch with God… we let go of outcomes. We don’t “depend” on the thing we are waiting for, we are depending on God. We realize it very likely will happen, and that if we start being impatient, we will start acting out some way, like anger, frustration, blame, victim mentality and more.
Mostly, it’s the getting in touch with God. When I find myself being impatient, if I connect with God, I find peace, and it’s easier to let things go. And the result, freedom. Today, ( my inspiration for this message), I was waiting on the phone for the bank to answer for over an hour… instead of being frustrated and angry, I did several other things while the goonie elevator music was playing while the phone was on speaker. And the call was eventually answered… the young lady said she was the ONLY one answering phones tonight!
I thought to my self, what’s her night like? And… she was very cordial, calm, nice and helpful, without an attitude of any kind.
Nuff said… thank you Jesus.