Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near. James 5:7-8 (NLT)
Therefore, the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. Isa. 30:18 (ESV)
Heavenly Father, the call to patience and waiting confront me in every context of life. Why am I in such a hurry? Why the rush? At just the right time, you sent Jesus into the world—not a day early, and not a day late. The same will be true of his return.
But as for me, traffic can’t move along fast enough. FedEx, UPS, and the mail can’t get to my house quick enough, Restaurants take my order and prepare my food soon enough. Wi-Fi cannot be speedy enough, flight delays can’t be few enough, and checkout lines can’t be short enough.
Worse, is how my hurried spirit often plays out in conversations. I want people to cut to the chase and get to the point faster. I’m better at fidgeting than lingering, moving on than sitting still, getting stuff done than enjoying the process.
Father, I repent. Have mercy on my busy, cluttered, in too-much-of-a-hurry self. According to you, the only thing that counts is “faith expressing itself in love” (Gal. 5:6), not impatience expressing itself in irritability. Loving well always tops finishing tasks.
Father, thank you for not being in a hurry. Thank you for “waiting to be gracious” with us. Free us to wait on you for that grace. Thank you for being patient with our impatience. Help us recalibrate that we might live and love this week at the pace of grace. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ merciful and mighty name.