Patience and its Perfect Work

Greetings.

James 1:2 My brethren, count it as all joy when you fall into various trails, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Few among us, if any, can recall the days of the Great Depression, the period of uncertain times as the country was plunged into an era of too few jobs, bread lines, and street living. I wonder if we are about to witness similar times on a worldwide scale.

CovID19 has the world turned upside down, and it may only be at its beginning. Threats of illness and possible death from the virus abound. People are segregated and secluded to their homes, apart from family, social functions, unable to work, and earn money needed to eat, pay the mortgage, car payments, and insurance. All information conflicts previous reports of numbers of those who are ill, those who have died, and the actual severity of the virus itself. We do not know the truth from propaganda, and the conspiracy theorists are in their heyday. The Government assures us it will be ok, we will get through it. Patriots proclaim that America the Great will overcome this battle, just as it has risen to overcome challenges of its past. The powers that be, the creators of the pandemic shut down, are also the savior.

We are, in fact, citizens of a brave and free country. Yet we have become idle yes men as our rights under the US Constitution vanished overnight in one quick swoop. Did you see it? We gave no fight, no debate but went along, all in the name of safety, after all, the Government has our best interests at heart, does it not?

Does it?

I am not going to play the rebel. I’m not going to encourage my brothers and sisters of the land to rise up against the recommendations and restrictions of the US Government. Or for any Government for that matter. To do so would be wrong, sinful in the eyes of our Lord. As a believer in Christ I, we, are admonished in scripture to obey the governing authorities.

1 Peter 2:13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.

This is, of course, unless we are instructed to refrain from speaking the gospel. That is the exception.

I will tell you, do as Jesus also said to us. And that is to “watch.” To watch and pray. Because surely just as simply as the shut down of CovID19 took over the world, the one that is to come will do the same. He will not bring war, he will bring peace and assurance to those who tremble in a world gone mad.

Revelation 6:2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out to conquering and to conquer.

6 thoughts on “Patience and its Perfect Work

  1. Well said, I’ve been struggling with the difference between rebellion and freedom and our response as Christians to all of this. So I found this truly encouraging and helpful. Thank you.

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