As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
The empty tomb of Easter reminds all of us the new life that God has offered us in Jesus Christ.
As we get ready to face today, what will it look like if I clothe myself with patience?
Patience may well be a virtue, but it is one that I didn’t necessarily receive. I usually want what I want, and I tend to want it now. But as I look to the scriptures for guidance, it seems that I should try and clothe myself with patience.
In James (5:7) we find in the farmer an example of patience:
Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.
The farmer has to wait for the rains. There is nothing that makes me feel more helpless than maybe waiting for the weather. But the result of waiting is that God provides what is needed, and the outcome is fruitful.
If I wait patiently today, maybe I can trust God to provide what I need.
As the Psalmist said, for You my soul waits in silence. Help me to be patient as I wait for what You will share with me today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.