James 5:8 Be Patient And Stand Firm

You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

Being patient is not something that most people are. Everyone wants things faster and faster, regardless of how fast it already is or how much faster it is now, than it was.

Along with being impatient, many people will not stand firm on anything. They will go with the flow that everyone else is flowing in. They want what everyone else has or wants.

As a result many people complain or grumble about everything not being fast enough. They jump from one thing to another trying to seek something better or faster.

James points to the people directly and tells them to be patient and firm. The reason is because the Lord’s coming is near.

It is very common for a believer to pray about some difficult situation in his life, then to suddenly take things into his own hands and make a mess of it, because God didn’t answer fast enough.

Believers are often just like the world at being impatient with God in situations. They want everything right now and grumble as the Israelites did in the wilderness when they don’t get it fast enough.

The Lord is on His way, both in the return to take every believer to heaven and in answering prayers. He will never do anything early or late, but in His perfect timing.

At the moment a believer is impatient with God and grumbles about it, he shows that he is not trusting God, His promises or timing. Instead of being anxious and complaining about it, the believer must trust in God’s timing and His promises to provide all that one needs.

God is always on His way to meet every need of every believer.

You will always have some struggles in life that you are seeking God’s help in. As you are praying and waiting for God to answer your prayers, do not allow yourself to become impatient and begin grumbling.

Instead of impatience and grumbling, praise God that He heard your prayers. Keep moving forward, knowing that God will answer your prayers in the perfect timing and the perfect way.

In doing this, you will have His supernatural peace over your life and you will see God do great and mighty things in your life until the day that Jesus returns or calls you home in eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God hears your prayers; that you will know God answers all prayers; that you will have God’s patience; and that you will not grumble against God’s timing.

Philippians 2:14 No Grumbling Or Arguing

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, Philippians 2:14

Complaining is one thing that a person will see nearly every where he goes. No matter what is happening there is usually someone who is complaining about it. On every issue, there is nearly always someone that is not happy about it and finds fault.

The other characteristic that is commonly seen is arguing. People are always arguing with each other. Most often it is about who is right or which way to do something is right. Major wars have been started between nations because of arguments.

Paul tells the people to do everything without grumbling or arguing.

Grumbling is a sign of selfishness. One is complaining or grumbling about what is going on or what he has to do. He is not accepting what is happening or what he has to do, because he thinks there should be a better way, which then often leads to arguing.

In the same way as grumbling, arguing is often done out of selfishness. One wants things done his way and fights for it with words of arguing.

Many believers in the church can be seen grumbling and arguing. Complaining about how the service went or changes made in a church. Arguing as to which way something should go in a church service. Outside the church, many grumble about the traffic, the weather, other believers and more.

Everything that Jesus went through and did, He went through and did without grumbling or complaining. Instead of grumbling, He went to His Father in prayer for strength and direction to keep moving forward.

The focus is that the Father is in control and one is to trust Him in everything. As soon as one can fully trust God in everything, he will no longer want to grumble about a situation. He will no longer argue, but just present God’s word for the situation.

You will have times where things do not go as you had planned. Or things will be planned to go in a way that you do not necessarily like.
As you meet these situations, quickly bring them before God to give you wisdom and direction. Do everything that you do as unto God, that way you will have no reason to argue. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to give you the words to speak to keep from senseless, sinful arguing.

As you do these things, you will find joy and contentment in life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will do everything you do for the Lord; that you will not grumble or complain with what God is allowing you to go through; and that you will find joy in serving God with your whole life.

Lamentations 3:26 Wait Quietly

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It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:26 

Waiting for something to happen is something that is not easy or fun to do for most people. People do not like to wait. They want things or their answers right now. No matter how fast it is, they want it just a little bit faster.

In the process of waiting for the answer, many people like to complain. They will complain about why it is taking so long to get the answer, complain about the struggle they are in, complain why others have it ‘easier’ than they do, and many other things to complain about. They are not quiet about the fact that they are having to wait.

Jeremiah tells the people that it is good to wait quietly for God’s answer, the salvation that was promised. He had spoken this while in exile and knowing that there was a promise to be returned out of exile.

Believers are not much different from those in the world with regards to complaining. They do not like to wait either. People pray to God for an answer, and immediately begin to complain because they did get the answer they were expecting right away.

Just as the Israelites groaned and complained in the desert, people moan and complain today because they have to go through some struggle or difficulty and God has not removed it from them.

As one complains, it is showing that he is not trusting in God’s better judgement of the situation. He is not relying upon God’s strength to make it through the situation.

Waiting implies trust. It is telling God and others that one believes what God has said in His word that He would meet all of his needs according to His riches in glory.

While you are going through a difficult situation, the first thing to do is pray to God about it. Then wait quietly trusting that God will guide you and help you in and through the situation.

Do not allow yourself to be disgruntled and begin to complain to and against God, because the situation was not dealt with immediately. Know that God’s timing is best and He will provide the needed salvation at the perfect time.

Just as you must wait until you are brought into heaven for eternity, you must wait here on this earth for salvation from some troubles. Give God praise while you wait quietly for His salvation.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s timing in your life; that you will quietly wait for God’s provision; and that you will know God’s promises to you. 

Numbers 11:1 Always Seeing The Negative

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Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the LORD, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. Numbers 11:1

There are some people, that no matter what is going on, they like to complain. Things are never good enough for them. They are always looking at the negative side of things.

Workers will complain that their boss is horrible and is too rough on them, so one will leave that job for another job. At the new job, the same complaints will rise up again. It does not matter if something was improved or not, there are still more to complain about. People want a perfectly smooth sailing life, through every situation.

The Israelites had been crying out to God for mercy while they were in Egypt under slavery. They felt the burden of slavery, though they had a place to stay and three meals a day.

They were excited when God miraculously brought them out of Egypt. However, within a short time, while traveling in the wilderness, they found more to complain about. Even though they were being fed three meals a day, without having to work for it, they wanted to go back to Egypt and complained. God’s anger was aroused and He struck them.

There are many today who are the same way. They will always find things to complain about. Some believers are very guilty of this same thing. They always find things to complain about in the church, the sermon was too long/short, another person did not do something right, the chairs are too hard, the worship too long/short, or some other complaint.

They also complain about their work, family, the weather, and the list goes on.

Things could always be better, but as a believer, you must trust that God is already giving you what He thinks is the best for you. Instead of complaining, thank God for what you do have. Things can also always be worse.

Take time to give thanks for the blessings in your life. Take your eyes off of what you don’t have or how bad things are and focus on what is going right, such as, you have food, clothing, salvation, God on your side, and you are still living.

Don’t arouse God’s anger with complaining and seeing only the negative. God is blessing you, even today.

I pray today that you will see God’s blessings in your life; that you will give God praise for what you have; that you will trust God with what you are going through; and that you will never complain to God about anything.

Exodus 14:11 Quickly Forgetting What Happened

 

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They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt?” Exodus 14:11

The past can hold a treasure chest full of good things to remember. Not always are the things remembered necessarily good, but it is good to remember them. It can help to guide a person on the path through this life.

Remembering that the stove is hot when it is on and is touched is a good thing to remember. It helps a person to keep from being burned again. At the same time remembering how great a time was when there was a get together with some other person after a long period of time, can also be a good thing to remember. This will encourage the person to keep the relationship alive.

The Israelites had been under slavery for about 430 years and had been crying out to God for relief. God sends Moses to bring them out of Egypt. The process of bringing them out was to use great miracles to break down Pharaoh. They saw wonders that would blow the mind.

Yet, shortly after they left Egypt they came to the Red Sea and was trapped between the sea and the armies of Egypt. Immediately they forgot what God had already done for them and were crying out in fear against Moses. They thought that they were going to get killed by the armies of Egypt. However, God had a plan to save them and allow them to cross the Red Sea on dry ground.

Many believers, when they are in a troubling situation, are very quick to forget what God has already done for them. They forget about the guidance, the provision, and His love for them. Then they run or cry out in fear, instead of trusting God.

Each time you see God do something for you in your life, remember it. Then when a bad situation in life rises up, remember how God had already taken care of you. Give Him praise for what He has already done and trust Him for what He is going to do for you.

God will not leave you or forsake you. He is there to help you through every situation, no matter how big or small. Do not be quick to forget that and what He has done.

I pray today that you will remember what God has done for you; that you will know the peace of God in your life; that you will trust God in bad situations; that you will know that God is for you and not against you.