May 10, 2020 @ 8:30 AM
• James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
• James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
PLease previous post about the “Coming of the LORD” on October 12, 2018 at https://www.serviceforyourchurch.com/.../The-coming-and....
According to the allegorical meaning of the words in the Bible, the “coming” is not what most traditional interpretations of the Bible teach, but “the coming” is rather an internal happening within man that changes his perception of the world.
Patience comes through the trial of wanting something; which is the “trying of your faith”. Uncontrolled desire for what is not yet or cannot be disrupts or delays the “fruit of the earth”. It is similar to when someone plants a seed and they want to harvest immediately, so they give up tending to the garden. There has to be a couple of rainstorms first to prompt the growth (i.e. “early and latter rain”). The rain can also flood and destroy what was planted. However, something always grows in time, as time with patience teaches us. The process of waiting and watching is what teaches us something will grow. So we learn that patience has value and is essential to obtaining anything. But waiting with patience also teaches us that it is not the obtaining that makes us happy, but it is the patient demeanor and the calm confidence in good outcomes that creates happiness. The eventual harvest is essential, but that is not what creates happiness and contentment along the way. The harvest is also work, whereas patience is rest. When “patience has her perfect work”, the “coming draws nigh”. This is where one wants/desires nothing because they realize they already have everything; which is peace in the moment, in every moment. This peace is the “coming of the LORD”, where he is ever present to provide perfect peace and contentment in the now.
• Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him:
The process of resting and waiting, is “the way”. It is a state where one is continually looking with anticipation for what the LORD has in store next, all the while resting in joy at each moment given regardless of how it appears to be. This is the continual watching and waiting for the “coming of the LORD”. There is a power that worketh in man, and it can be used to bring either joy or pain. It is the power of perception. “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” (1Cor 16:13)
Read 1Thes chapter 5: The “children of light” “rejoice evermore” and are not overcome by the darkness.
• Heb 4:9-11 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God [did] from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
The process of entering into that rest is also work or an effort of labor; where it is patience having “perfect work”. The art of patience is the perfect work to enter into rest which is faith in the power of God not your own powers or works to get what you think you need.
• Hebrews 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
• 1Thes 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
The will of God for you is to be thankful, for everything. Once this happens, patience is experienced and the promise of God is fulfilled.
• Psalm 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? (Rom 8:24)
Patience is resting in the hope of unknowable outcomes. True patience is knowing all is as it should be now and forever at every instant of time. And as it says in Romans 8 above, when you realize you don’t really know what you should hope for, you wait with welcoming patience for what the powers of the universe (i.e. God) have in store for you, which is what is already happening in the here and now. So be ye thankful for the past, present, and future; which is the will of God for us.