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Patience in an Age of I Want It Yesterday

James 5:7-12, NRSV

Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the judge is standing at the doors! — James 5:9

  • losing patience is like disappointment in God
  • Hebrews 12: if we wait on Him, we will receive great things
  • 3 pictures of being patient
    • Farmer (James 5:7)
      • submitting to God’s schedule
      • trusting God in the mist of pressure
      • grieving rather than grumbling
      • being patient is refusal of self-pity to our lives; once you have self-pity, you are capable to do anything (destructive)
    • Prophets (James 5:10)
      • being patient as the worldview
    • endurance of Job (James 5:11)
  • your impatience with God is directly related to your impatience with people
  • 2 ways to cultivate patience; focus on
    • the Gospel – story of grace and patience
    • God’s majesty

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