James 5:8 Be Patient And Keep Standing

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

Nearly every person around the world is waiting for something to occur. Most commonly people are waiting in some type of line. It could be a line in a store or a line in heavy traffic or in a line of time waiting for something to arrive.

During the time of waiting in line, it is extremely common to hear someone complaining about the waiting. No matter how fast things are, they should be faster. This becomes even more true, when there is pain in the waiting.

As James is talking about suffering for Christ, he tells the people to be patient and stand firm, because Jesus is returning soon.

When a person is having a great time and enjoying what he is doing, the time appears to fly by very quickly. He has no complaints because everything is going perfectly or at least going his way at the moment. Joy and pleasure are being experienced.

However, life is not always fun and games. There are times of difficulties, pain and suffering. Along with normal pain and suffering, believers may also experience persecution, causing more suffering.

The world will be quick to complain about the suffering and blame whatever they can on their circumstances.

True believers will realize that all the pain and suffering that they are going through is only temporary. Their focus is not on the here and now, but on the return of Jesus and eternity.

Instead of grumbling and complaining, they wait patiently, standing upon God’s promises, knowing that it will all come to an end soon when Jesus returns. As they wait, they continue to fulfill God’s purpose on this earth–to build His kingdom and become more like Jesus every day.

You may be going through some suffering right now. It may be natural sufferings of the temporary body and life on this earth, or it may be suffering from persecution for your belief in Jesus.

Either way it is painful. Do not give into the suffering and begin complaining, but focus upon the promise of Jesus’ soon return and eternal life in heaven with God.

Seek God’s purpose in the suffering and His grace to make it joyfully through the situation in your life. Soon you will have a perfect body, with no more suffering or pain for eternity in heaven with Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will help you have the patience needed to keep moving forward with Him; that you will stand firm upon the promise of the return of Jesus; and that you will see God at work in every situation in your life.

Hebrews 9:28 Jesus Will Come To Bring Salvation

so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. Hebrews 9:28

Everyday people are waiting for something to change, happen or for things to get better. Waiting in lines of some sort is the most commonly thought of type of waiting. However, many are waiting for better times.

People are hoping that something will change their situations and make things better. Not knowing what to look for, many will try nearly any and every thing to make their life better.

The author of Hebrews talks about the sacrifices of the old covenant and the new covenant. He points out that Christ was sacrificed to take away all sin and that He will come again to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.

All around the world there are millions of people who have chosen to accept the forgiveness that Jesus offers of their sins. While they have accepted His forgiveness, many often forget about His coming again to save them. Once saved, many go back to living their life without a focus upon eternity.

The busyness of life gets all of their focus and attention. Cares about what they need to do from day to day pulls their mind and hearts off of waiting for and looking for the return of Christ.

Jesus will return some day, but only for those who are waiting for Him. The waiting is not just sitting and waiting, but doing His work, while seeking His return. They are looking forward to the day of His return, not just focused on life here on this earth.

Some will miss His return, because they are not waiting for Him.

Trusting that you have chosen to believe in Jesus, repent of your sins and are being saved, are you waiting for Him?

Each and everyday will present many challenges of day to day living. There will be lots of things that you can focus on that are only about here and now.

Although many of those things are important, you must be willing to be focused upon eternity and the return of Jesus.

Are you waiting for His return? Is what you are doing focused on His return?

Or are you only focused on the problems and pleasures of today and this temporary earth?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek the return of Jesus; that you will doing God’s work while here on earth; that you will tell others of the salvation Jesus offers; and that you will point others to the coming return of Jesus.

Acts 22:16 What Are You Waiting For?

And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name. Acts 22:16

Advertisements bombard people every day as being very urgent and that one needs to act upon it right now. Often they say that one has to call within the next few minutes to get the deal. Or they say that you must come in and get the deal now, before it goes away.

Many different things call for priority of immediate action. Passing on doing something, may mean that it is lost forever.

As Paul is talking about his conversion experience, he tells the people that after Ananias had told him about Jesus, he asked what he was waiting for. Then he told Paul to be baptized and wash away his sins calling on Jesus.

Going through life, there are times that there are things that need immediate action. Most often the things that need to fastest action are when there is an emergency that can cause harm or death. In reality, outside of a life and death emergency, most things can be held off on acting upon it.

One thing that many people see as a non-emergency is believing in Jesus and being saved. Although life appears to be good and one feels he can accept Jesus later, one thing he does not know is the exact moment he will die. Once a person dies, there is no hope of being saved, if he has not chosen to follow Jesus while alive.

Knowing that one could die at any moment, means that believing in and following Jesus is the highest priority of action one can ever make in his life. It is an action that will effect today and throughout all of eternity. There is no time for waiting to make a decision.

If you have already made a decision to follow Jesus and make Him your Lord and Savior, that is great. However, if you have not made that decision, today is the day to make it. In fact, right now is the time to decide.

Waiting only increases the odds that it will be too late and you will die in your sins, being condemned for eternity, exiled from God for eternity.

Now that you have heard the message of Jesus Christ, today is the day to make that decision to follow Him.

What are you waiting for?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to believe in Jesus; that you will choose to turn away from all sins to follow God; that you will not wait anymore in following God with all of your life; and that you will pass the gospel message on to others who need it today.

John 7:6 Waiting For The Right Time

Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do.” John 7:6

Impatience is something that a lot of people have while they have to wait for something. Nearly everyone wants something and they want it right away. It cannot get there fast enough.

The wisdom of man thinks that now is the time for things to happen. Instead of looking at the bigger picture and timing of everything, all one does is look at immediate, personal desires or the situation in the moment. Things often get rushed and end up leading to disaster.

Due to leaders wanting to kill Jesus, the disciples urged Jesus to leave the area of Galilee. Jesus said He could not go, because His time had not come to leave.

Waiting is difficult and even more difficult when there is a high possibility of danger involved. Unless someone is a procrastinator, most do not like to wait. People like to keep moving and keep the action going forward. Things cannot occur fast enough.

God works on a larger time table of eternity. Although man is finite here on this earth, God is looking at the larger picture of eternity.

He is willing to wait for the perfect time for an event to occur, regardless of how long it may take. And in reality, even if it takes a thousand years, it is just a slight moment in light of eternity.

It is common among believers to have the same mindset as the world does–needing things or to move right now.

Instead of jumping ahead of God, a believer must be willing to wait on His timing. Being patient and waiting will allow for the perfect time to come and things to work out better than could ever have been expected.

There is probably something that you are waiting on God for and desire it right now. Instead of fretting and fearing it will be too late, put your trust in His timing.

God has a reason for causing you to wait. He is waiting for the perfect timing of everything to be set up right to meet that need, move you forward or to stop something.

Realize that God is working on an eternity timetable, not the temporary one of this earth. While you are waiting, God will not allow anything to occur to you that is not in His plan for your good.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s timing in your life; that you will wait for God’s direction to move; that you will not fear what man can do, but trust God’s protection; and that God will reveal His plans for you in the right time.

Luke 18:8 Will God Find Faith In You?

I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8

People are quick to say that they agree with someone or something, but later back down on that statement. They lose faith in people and things very quickly. This is often due because of past let downs that hurt them greatly.

Having faith in someone will hold on, even when things don’t look good. One with faith, will not give up at all, regardless of how long it takes.

Jesus gave a parable about a women seeking justice from a judge who would not give it. He said that God will give justice to those who cry out to Him, but wonders if He will find any faith when He returns.

Saying that one has faith in God is an easy thing to do, but much more difficult for many to actually show. People will cry out to God for help once or twice, but when God does not immediately answer, they give up.

Every person who has given up, has lost the faith in God. Often they feel that God will not answer them at all or meet their need.

Each and every time a believer cries out to God in prayer for a need, God hears him. God may or may not choose to answer immediately. Regardless of whether God chooses not to answer, the person must continue to cry out to God for that need.

This continual crying out to God is a sign of faith. It is showing that one truly does believe God can meet that need and won’t give up until that need is met.

One must not be like many and give up, but to keep the faith in God. You may have a situation in your life that you need God to meet. You have prayed an prayed and God does not appear to want to answer you.

Don’t give up. Keep seeking God’s help. God may be testing to see how much you trust in Him and how badly you want His help. True faith will trust in God and continue to seek Him, waiting for His answer, no matter how long it takes.

Do not be like many and give up, but keep the faith in God. Allow God to find faith in you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you have faith in God’s abilities; that you will have complete trust in God meeting all of your needs; and that you will not give up trusting God when He is silent.