Text:“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” – James 1:4.
As mortals, we cannot foretell the future, but are hopeful of a better tomorrow by the grace of God. For the believer, this optimism is fuelled by faith in God's promises. That being so, it is pertinent that we wait on God and His time which is always the best, as going before God Almighty would make us miss His plans for us. God Forbid!
Travails and tribulations are allowed by God to prepare His children for greater blessings, honours and privileges in the future. The instance of Abraham readily comes to mind. Abraham's patience and unwavering faith is outstanding in human history. That no one can take a census of the natural descendants of this patriarch, in addition to countless worshippers of God who are designated as “spiritual Jews” is an eloquent and indisputable testimony of the profound fulfillment of God's promises to him. – Genesis 12:2, 3; 22:18; Galatians 3:7-9, 26-28.
Paul, an apostle of Christ, renders it in this wise: “For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.” – Hebrews 6:13-15.
Rather than losing our confidence in God or seeking an “alternative” to the Most High out of impatience, we should constantly arm ourselves with the understanding that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”. – Romans 8:28.