3 Problems with Impatience

I am a terribly impatient person. By no means does patience come easily to me. If you’re going to do something, do it swiftly, economically, effectively and efficiently as possible. And if you can’t do that, then don’t bother doing it all!

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. It’s a terrible way to be! And I’m not proud of it.  For every time it has been a benefit to me, there are twenty times when it has been anything but.

Because the fruit that impatience bears is more often that not of little or no value at all.

Look at our passage today: James 5:7-9. James reminds us of how the farmer waits for the crops to be ready so that they are valuable. What use would they be to the farmer if he were to dig and harvest before everything was ready? Would they yield a return for him? No. His labour would have been in vain. Instead, we are to wait, as the farmer does for the seasons of life that will help yield the fruit and return of what we are waiting for.

James warns us then of the folly of impatience. When we are impatient, what kinds of characteristics does that lead to? What are, in reality, the fruits of impatience?

Agitation?

Aggravation?

Misery?

Sadness?

Heartache?

Despair?

Have you ever heard anyone say, boy I feel really impatient today, and it makes me full of joy and grace? I doubt it!

Impatience is not your friend. Ever.

  1. Impatience is grace-less and joy-less.  It leads to discontentment and strife as we search for answers to questions we shouldn’t even be asking. We do not react well to others or situations as the grace and joy in our moments are sucked right out.
  2. Impatience is me-centred and inward-focussed. We become distracted by our own self-centredness – what we perceive as being our own need above all else – our own needs start to take centre stage. We forget that God’s hand is in EVERY situation in our lives.
  3. We can become thank-less and trust-less.  In the midst of impatience – who are we praising? Who are we worshipping? How does impatience demonstrate that we believe and know that God is in charge of all our circumstances, whatever they may be?
James tells us to be like the farmer. To be patient and stand firm.
Even in our suffering. Even in.

Thoughts for Today

 

  1. What areas of your own life do you struggle in when it comes to patience? Why are these areas harder for you than others? What areas of your life do you find it easier to exercise patience in?
  2. What practical steps can you take to have a more patient approach to ALL areas of your life?
  3. What do you think James meant when he said ‘stand firm’ and how can we be sure to do this?

Prayers for Today

 

  • Take today to commit to the Lord those areas of your life you feel impatient in; pray for patience and wisdom.
Grace and Love
Helen x

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