Friday, February 27, 2015
Therefore be patient, brethren, until coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. -James 5:7-8 NKJVOnce on my high school cross country team a friend of mine decided he was really going to get ahead. He put his head down and ran as fast as he had ever run in a race. When the team finished the race we looked around for my friend. We found out later that he had been disqualified. Having lost sight of the goal he ignored the course markers and ran wildly off course...quickly! It is easy for us to do this spiritually. We can try to put our head down to charge through our lives. Yet, the word regularly beckons us to be mindful of Christ's return for us. We are not called to simply know about it, but to call it regularly to our attention. This anticipation sets our course, sets our priorities, and gives us the much needed patience that only comes from a proper perspective.