Today’s scripture: James 5:7-8
Like many of you, patience is one of the “fruit of the Spirit” that I struggle
with the most. Fortunately, the older I get, the easier it is to wait.
But the one thing that I feel really impatient about? Christ’s return.
I really can’t wait … although I know I must.
When I went through Philippians a few months ago, I talked a lot about this
when I came to verses 21 and 23 in chapter 1. I believe with all I am that
being with Christ is far better than being here on earth.
This earth and all it holds is nothing compared to being in the very presence
of my Lord and Savior. Being free from this pain-filled body. Being free from
wars and rumors of wars. Being free from natural disasters that maim and
So, I read words like these from James that I’m to be “patient … until the
coming of the Lord.” And I know he’s right. I must patiently wait Christ’s
But James reminds me of something else I can do as I wait. I can strengthen my
heart. I can grow more like Christ as I study and meditate on the word of God.
I can spend time in prayer seeking the Father’s will. I can share the truth of
And I can be assured that the “coming of the Lord is near” … nearer than it has
Oh, Lord Jesus, come quickly! But I’ll patiently wait for You and strengthen my
heart as I wait.