Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 August 31

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. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. (James 5:7-11)

Today’s Morsel:  How long is your patience?  Does it have an end or can you hold out?  Paul said that he had learned that no matter what state he found himself in to be content (Philippians 4:11).  James said that we need to learn how to be patient and to wait upon the Lord.  He said that the farmer must wait until the fruit comes before he can reap a harvest.  And Job had to be patient until God came through for him. And so, he said, we must get it in our heart to be patient until the Lord comes through for us.  As Isaiah admonishes us, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).  We must settle it in our hearts now that patience is a virtue and we must learn how to use it.

Sing:  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, they shall walk and not faint, teach me Lord, teach me Lord to wait.

Thought For Today: Patience is a virtue!

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