Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Thursday, September 17, 2020

Theme: COMMENTARY ON JAMES CHAPTERS 3 - 5

Text: “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” – James 5:7, 8.

Comment: Christians have to be exhorted to be patient, which is “to persevere calmly, especially when faced with difficulties”. This encouragement is necessary  in view of the sacrifices believers have to make and the tribulations they have to endure for the cause of righteousness so as to partake of the world to come by God’s grace. Indeed, our Saviour had promised that it is at his second presence he would reward the faithful. (Matthew 16:27) St Paul charged worshippers of God to “run with patience the race that is set before us …lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” – Hebrews 12:1-3.

In our day to day activities, we must exercise patience. Everyone wants to make progress in life. But delays and frustrating stumbling blocks may occur at any of the stages in life. Admissions into school may be delayed. Promotions may not be long in coming. One may not have marital partner or children at the time expected. Some ailments may not be readily amenable to treatment. Certain tribulations and persecutions may continue for some time. Because of impatience some have taken to quick-fix solutions, including therapies of unproven efficacy, ending up in worse conditions and even to fatal consequences. – Deuteronomy 18: 10-14; Isaiah. 8: 19.

The Christian must continue to look to God, and to do righteousness by His grace. Our Redeemer stated, “In your patience possess ye your souls.” – Luke 21:19.

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