How many of you have a problem with patience? I am not speaking of your tolerance for the horrible driver in the next lane or the reserve you show when your 2 year old spills something on your carpet. I am talking about the patience it takes to wait on God when Satan has his foot pressed down against your neck. I am talking about the patience it take sit quiet while your name is being scandalized and you have done nothing wrong. I am talking about the patience required to press through an illness. That patience that is necessary to get through those “Lord not again” moments.

James says that we should count it all joy when we fall into various trails so that the testing of our faith may produce patience, but let patience have its perfect work, so that we may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

It seems that there is a dynamic force working in patience. Power and completion does not seem to come through the immediate extraction from our trials, but through the patient endurance of the struggle.

Paul said that we should glory in our tribulations because tribulation produces patience, and patience, character; and character, hope. So the very thing we are fighting so hard to escape is the very thing that is molding us into what we are to be and providing the patience to endure the struggle and and obtain the prize.

Praise God! ~ Bishop Rick Wallace