Worth the Wait

Michael Beck

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

Men rarely wait for God. God is too slow for them. If they are to get where they want to go, as quickly as they want to get there, they must discard the yoke of Christ. They don’t wish to know one who is meek and lowly of heart, and who does nothing without God.

Talking about Jesus is easy; walking as He walked is not. But didn’t Jesus say that His yoke was easy? Why isn’t that the case in so many lives? Because they don’t value what God values. They may talk of the importance of patience, but when they are forced to wait, they cannot bear it. They are tormented by the delays they face. They cannot stand being held up. They must get going.

How can patience have its perfect work when we refuse to wait on God? If we would grow up into Christ in all things we cannot allow impatience to rule us. There is much we can learn of Him in seasons of denial and delay. Beyond getting more of this or that, we can gain a greater likeness to our Master. Isn’t He worth waiting for?

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.