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Patience with Attitude

James 1:2-15

Testing of Your Faith

2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (ESV)

In Psalm 39:7, David talks about waiting on the Lord, a topic he was well acquainted with. David was a young boy when Samuel anointed him to be king of Israel, but he waited a long time, traveled a rough road and went through severe tests before he actually became king.

“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you (Psalm 39:7).”

Drawing from scriptures such as James 1, patience can be defined as maintaining a good attitude and doing things God’s way, while waiting for Him to fulfill His promises. Remember, trials are to test your faith and your patience, not to test the Heavenly Father’s goodness. His love and character has already been proven, from creating and populating the Earth, to providing for the Israelites in the desert, to sending His Son to save the world, to the countless ways He answers our prayers.

Which of God’s promises are you personally holding on to today? Don’t be discouraged. Continue in prayerful obedience with a hope-filled attitude. Always maintaining, as David did, your hope is in the Lord!

Tags: faith, trust, hope