Monday, May 5, 2014

Be Patient


Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming.  See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.  You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.
James 5:7-8

Slow down.

Wait.

These are words we would think about when driving not living.  Our lives sound more like, "Let's go...hurry up."

We are not prone to waiting.  We actually dislike it.  But the Word of God often tells us to do just that--wait.  Why?

One reason is growth.

The farmer knows that when he throws his valuable seed into the ground, it will not sprout immediately.  He knows there is a time of cultivation and growth that must take place before harvest.

We must be careful to do the same.

Last week, we discussed being realistic about what we were sowing.  This week we are discussing waiting.  Now that you have taken care of sowing for the eternal and not the temporal, it's time to wait.

There is a time for
everything,
and a season for every
activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a
time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
Ecclesiastes 3:1,2

The farmer is aware that seasons are vital.  We would do well to take note of our seasons.  Are you married?  Have children?  Well, then that is your season.  As a wife and mother you are in an edifying season.  You are to help your husband and train your children.

What happens if you neglect these seasons?  Well, for instance, if you fail to be a wise woman who builds her home, you will be the foolish one that tears it down with her own hands.  Eventually, your lack of acknowledging your season as a wife will result in a broken home.

What if training your children is not on your radar?

A foolish son brings grief to
his father
and bitterness to the one
who bore him.
Proverbs 17:25

There is so much negativity in women fulfilling their Biblical roles.  The world would have us think that being a wife is subservient and mothering is a part-time job secondary to our own pursuits.  But the Bible tells us otherwise.

He who finds a wife finds
what is good
and receives favor from the
Lord.
Proverbs 18:22

We are called to bring our husbands good not harm, all the days of his life (Proverbs 31:12).  If you are married, that is your season--bringing your husband good.    After your relationship with Jesus, this is the most important relationship we as wives should be tending.

If you are a mother, then this is the season to train and discipline your children.  Since your children are growing, so are you.  What they require from you as a mother will continuously change (diaper changes, homework, advice) but what they receive from you should be a constant, consistent woman of God who fears the Lord.

During the waiting there will be growth.  Growth in our husbands.  Growth in our children.  Growth in us.  Sometimes it will not be evident  At other times, it may be miniscule.  But nevertheless, growth is occurring.  We do not walk by sight, but by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7).

Let us not grow impatient with our husband's, children's, or even our own growth.  Let us trust in the Lord who is the only One Who can give the growth (1 Corinthians 3:6,7).  As we wait, let us not become discouraged.  He Who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).  Let us allow patience to finish its work so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:4).

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