Read: James 5:7-11
A recent survey of more than 1000 people discovered that most people take an average of 17 minutes to lose their patience while waiting in line. Most people lose their patience in only 9 minutes while on hold on the phone. Impatience is something common that we see in everyone. It can be shown in the home, workplace, while driving the vehicle, etc.
In the Bible, we see James writing to believers who were getting impatient with regard to Jesus’ return (James 5:7). They were going through persecution and distressing times, and James encourages them to stay patient. He challenged those believers to persevere under suffering, and he encouraged them to stand firm and live sacrificially until the Lord’s return. He wrote, “You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5:8).
James said that they ought to be like the farmer who patiently waits for the rain and the harvest (James 5:7), and like the prophets and Job who showed patience in difficulties (James 5:10-11). When we are being tested in the container of trials and distress, God desires to help us and He expects us to live by faith and trust in His compassion and mercy. James says, “The Lord is very compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11). The way to great patience is only through great trials.