Faith Produces Patience

You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. -James 5:8

The testing of faith produces patience, which is the hallmark of a mature believer. Only under the pressure of trial can the believer test the true depth of his faith in God. The established heart will not waver but will rejoice in the goodness of God.

We have all been there. On our way to some distant location a little voice from the back seat of the car demands, “How long till we are there?” It makes no difference to that child if the question was answered only two minutes before. He wants to know… NOW! He is anxious to get there, uncomfortable in the back seat, and every moment of the trip seems endless.

The same feelings hold true for those growing to maturity in Christ. We experience the trial of today and look forward to the reward of tomorrow. We know the promise of His coming and the indescribable joy of eternity with Him.

Be patient! Establish your heart! He is coming soon enough, and His people will not be disappointed.