The Work of Patience

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James 1:4 “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

One of the most important crews to work on a building when it is being constructed is the finishing crew. Don't get me wrong, every part of the construction crew is important, but the finishing crew are the ones who add value to the work that is built. The finishing crew covers up many flaws that can take away from the value of the building. The flaws they cover may seem insignificant, but those little flaws make or break the value of that home that is built.

Patience is like the finishing crew of the believer. The work of patience is not an easy work. The work of patience comes through hard times. Romans 5:3 says about the work of patience, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;” James 1:3 comments about the work of patience when it says, “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” In other words, it is hard times where patience does its work. So, what is the work of patience?

First, the work of patience is maturity. God says that patience will make you “perfect.” This does not mean that you will be sinless, but it means that it matures you. You will never grow in the Lord without letting patience mature you while you go through tribulations. Trials have a way of making you grow up spiritually if you don't complain and gripe about them. The reason many do not mature spiritually is because they are griping and complaining about their hard times instead of being patient in the tribulation.

Second, the work of patience is balance. God continues to say that being patient in trials makes you “entire.” In other words, tribulations grow the weak areas of your life. Everyone has strengths, but few work on their weaknesses; therefore, God must send the believer through trials so that their weak areas become stronger. God knows that every strength can become a weakness; therefore, He must grow the weakness of the strength so that the believer is balanced and not destroyed with strength’s weakness.

Third, the work of patience is contentment. God finishes showing the works of patience by saying, “…that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” Notice the phrase “wanting nothing.” God is saying that patience will bring you to the point that you don’t lack anything in life, and mainly it is because trials have a way of making you content with what God has already given you.

God started this whole dialogue by saying in verse 1, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;” The reason God says to “count it all joy” when temptations come is because patience has the opportunity to make you into a better believer. When patience does its work in the believer, God can use the believer in a greater way.

My friend, don't run when the trials in life come; God is trying to make you into a better tool so that He can use you in a greater way. If you don't jump and run when hard times come, you will find that God is forming you into a tool because He has a greater task for you to do for Him. When you realize that God is using your trials as an opportunity to cover up flaws in your life so that you become more valuable for His cause is when you can embrace those trials and “count it all joy” when they come your way.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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