What was the first thought, that came to your mind this morning, as you saw the rain? Patience! James 5:7 (Raining in Wilmington Delaware). This could be a question just about anywhere, as it has been raining across the country. In some case horrible weather has been taking place, especially in Oklahoma! Continue to send your prayers by the way!
What are our first thoughts really, when we wake to a day of rain? Does it dictate your mood? Does it set you back on some goals you may have planned for the day? Do you feel discouraged, because now the kids have to stay in, or the kids have to go out in nasty weather? Either or, how much do we let the weather, any kind, dictate how we go through the day?
In James, it talks about being as patient as a farmer, who waits on the early or later rain that he may receive his crops. Basically it talks about not setting your sights on the wrong things, but set them on the Lord and his return. Set your sights on the eternal and not the temporary. Set your sights on what lasts and what does not!
Did you ever stop and notice, that our complaining does not change the weather,only our attitude and mood?
When it's winter we are too cold, when it's spring, it's too wet, when it's summer, it's too hot, and when fall comes we are already worried about winter! The time we are wasting on the things we cannot control is amazing. We need to learn from the farmer how important life is if we keep everything in perspective. We need the seasons.
Winter, a time to slow down and gather our thoughts. Spring, a time of refreshing and renewing. Summer a time to enjoy the fruits of our labors. And fall a time to regroup and review what we have gained. As we go on, as we endure, we will begin to see the blessings of God (James 5:11). We need to get to a place with God, that we see Him in everything, everything!
Patience is not our enemy. On the contrary, patience can be a very useful tool. Something that's helpful not hurtful. Not something to frighten us away from asking for some. When the weather stops us, slows us down, it is for a reason. Maybe even a lesson in patience?
First do you know Jesus as Lord and Savior? You can today, how? Come before Him now ask Him into your life. There is no mistake that you are hearing His call, there is no mistake that you are being drawn to Him. The Lord is not slack concerning His promises, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (II Peter 3:9)
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10). Next step is to find a good Bible believing church, to learn and grow in the Lord!