What do you think of when you think of patience? I was reading my regular morning scriptures, the ones I read together with the men and women I pray with at 6:30 AM, and ran into this verse from James:
Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. (5:10)That's an encouraging word for someone like me. My mental picture of patience can now expand. I think I've unconsciously considered patience to be a silent or quiet thing, but now I'm encouraged to keep speaking the Word of God. That's a good thing because, as Jeremiah wrote:
"...If I say, 'I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,' his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot." (20:9)Now I have a word from God saying I'm not impatient when insist on the right to speak, and feel that I must. Praise God!