YOU NEED TO BE PATIENT

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

APRIL 11, 2024

TOPIC: YOU NEED TO BE PATIENT

BY T. O. BANSO

“You need to be patient, in order to do the will of God and receive what he promises” (Hebrews 10:36 Good News Translation).

Did you plant something when you were a child and you were checking inside the soil every day to see if it had started germinating? You wished that you could harvest it in a few days. James 5:7-8 says,Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near” (New International Version). The word “patient” is used twice in this scripture. Every child of God needs to be patient, not only to wait for the Lord’s coming but also in everything He does in his relationship with God and man.

The Contemporary English Version renders James 5:7-8 thus: My friends, be patient until the Lord returns. Think of farmers who wait patiently for the autumn and spring rains to make their valuable crops grow. Be patient like those farmers and don’t give up. The Lord will soon be here!

This scripture says Christians should learn from the patience of the farmer. The farmer clears the land, waits for the rain, and then plants. The rain falls from time to time on what is planted. It looks as if nothing is happening but so much is happening inside the soil not visible to the human eyes. The seed dies and, thereafter, begins to germinate inside the soil and comes out of the soil, growing over some time. “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives” (John 12:24 New Living Translation). The farmer keeps weeding the farm and waits patiently until the time of harvest.

The parable of the Kingdom of God that Jesus told in Mark 4:26-29 shows what happens before what the farmer plants is ready for harvest. “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come” (Mark 4:26-29 New Living Translation). The farmer needs patience between when he plants and when the plant will be ready for harvest. Results require patience. You must stick to what you’re doing with patience until there is a result.

The promise of God for your life will never become a reality overnight. You must be patient like the farmer. Hebrews 6:12 says not to become sluggish, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Faith is crucial but you will frustrate your faith if you don’t have patience. Psalm 37:7a says, “Be patient and wait for the Lord to act” (Good News Translation).

Impatience has cost some people the fruits of their labour. They laboured but were not patient enough for the fruits to mature; they gave up. “You need to be patient, in order to do the will of God and receive what he promises” (Hebrews 10:36 Good News Translation). The Contemporary English Version says, “Learn to be patient, so you will please God and be given what he has promised.” You need to be patient; learn to be patient. Without patience, you will faint, give up, or pack up. Without patience, you cannot experience what God has in store for you. You must keep doing what you are doing despite the challenges you’re facing until you see the expected result.

You need patience to get what you are hoping for. Hope has to do with the future. Without patience, you cannot realize your hope. “The Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled (Romans 15:4b New Living Translation). Also, Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (New King James Version). Some situations will test your faith but patience will see you through.

Believers, like others, experience troubles in life, not because they have sinned. Troubles or problems are a reality of human existence. However, believers need faith and patience to overcome. The Bible says, The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken!” (Psalm 34:19-20 New Living Translation). Jesus Christ told His disciples, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 New International Version). God will bring believers out of troubles or afflictions but they need to have faith and patience.

James 1:2-4 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (New King James Version). Note that faith and patience are mentioned in this scripture. Every Christian must add patience to his faith.

Paul wrote to the Colossian Christians, “We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need” (Colossians 1:11a New Living Translation). The New Century Version says, “God will strengthen you with his own great power so that you will not give up when troubles come, but you will be patient” (Colossians 1:11). Believers must be patient in trouble as they believe God for deliverance. Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning (Psalm 30:5b). Be patient, your night of weeping will soon be over and your morning of joy will break forth.

You need to be patient. The answers to your prayers will come. God has not forgotten you. Patience is part of the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22). Cooperate with the Holy Spirit to produce patience in your life. Patience is also one of the things that the Bible says a man of God should pursue (1 Timothy 6:11). Every Christian must pursue patience. My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful (James 5:10-11 New King James Version).

Also, in your relationship with others, be patient. Proverbs 16:32a says, “It is better to be patient than powerful” (Good New Translation). Be patient with others. Be patient with yourself also. Give yourself time to learn, grow, improve, or achieve your set goals. Don’t be hasty. You need to be patient. “Impatience will get you into trouble” (Proverbs 19:2b Good News Translation).

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner, and cannot save yourself, and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Holy Spirit, deliver me from impatience; help me to be patient in my walk with God and relationship with others. I shall not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. I shall be patient for the fulfilment of God’s promises in my life.

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T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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