Today, I want to continue our thought on balance in the Christian life with a devotion entitled, “A Balanced Christian Life Will Involve Waiting. ” My text is James 5:7-8, where we see “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.” (KJV) Here in our text, James is encouraging the virtue of “patience” which implies the ability to “wait” on the Lord. The text concerns our waiting on the coming of our Savior in the Rapture of the Church and every one of the New Testament apostles understood the need to wait for the Lord and watch for His return.
But this area of patience is also needed in our day-to-day walk with God and our service for Him in whatever ministry we may have. Waiting is hard to do sometimes, but as Isaiah 40:31 states “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (KJV) We need to learn to be patient as our Lord works in our life and also in the hearts and lives of those we are seeking Him for in our ministry. Our Lord rarely, if ever, operates on microwave technology. If we didn’t learn to wait upon our Lord, then we would never grow to appreciate all that He has done for us, all that He is doing for us, and all that He is going to do for us and through us! A balanced Christian life is a life that will give God the time it takes to work all things for our good and His glory.
Pastor Joey Durham