by Tammy Phillips
January 15, 2021
“So be PATIENT, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits expectantly for the precious harvest from the land, being PATIENT about it, until it receives the early and late rains. You too, be PATIENT; strengthen your hearts [keep them energized and firmly committed to God], because the coming of the Lord is near.” (James 5:7-8 AMP)
Let’s be clear. I do not ask the Lord for patience. I don’t talk about patience, much. When my sister sent me the above scripture at 7:00 am in the morning, it was like a big red flashing neon sign…warning….warning…here comes a lesson. Here comes a trial. (See text thread that followed the verse in the above picture.)
Well, of course, Holy Spirit, immediately directed me to Colossians 3:12 for my morning time with Him:
“So as God’s own chosen people, who are holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
So…I learned that patience by definition means to be steadfast; constant; cheerful and hopeful endurance; to remain; to bear bravely; persevere; to stand; to stay; to wait; to remain as one is and not be another or different.
According to the Greek translation, be patient, means to be of a long spirit; not to lose heart; persevere patiently; bravely enduring misfortunes, troubles, offenses and injury; longsuffering; enduring; slow to anger and or boil over.
It was about four hours into my day when I heard “be patient” arise in my spirit. After dealing with insurance issues on the phone for two hours, I was blessed to put my word for the day to practice. I made a conscious decision to exercise patience. I kept my peace.
Oh, did I mention that my coffee pot did not work correctly that day? Instead of a steady stream, it went drip, drip, drip, drip…just trying my…wait…be patient.
It is good to have sisters who are led by the spirit who send you the word you need to hear for the day. It does not matter whether you really want to hear it or not. What was resolved in three hours on the phone with our insurance company could have taken days. And, after two unsuccessful attempts to repair the dripping coffeemaker, the enduring, third try, led to streams of flowing coffee. HALLELUJAH AND PRAISE THE LORD!
As I was enCOURAGED with a word that I did not want to hear—-right back at you!
I enCOURAGE you to be patient and to “let patience have [its] perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:4 NKJV) For me practicing patience equaled victory, success, and a good cup coffee. Thanks be to God and my sister Queen for her timely advice.