Each week we share words of reflection by one of our partners in the form of a devotional.  This week’s devotional was written by Noella Browning.The Word:
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4 (NASB)

The Story:
Lately, it has been very hard for me to be patient and to wait on the Lord. I was always told that God does things in His own time and knows what’s best for me. But, it has been difficult to just wait sometimes. I tend to want to do things in my own strength and my own way. God has shown me that I am not in control and that I have to be patient in all things even though I do not see the works of the Lord right away. In my walk with Christ, I am constantly reminded by his grace and mercy that He is Lord and Savior over my life. God is in control, not me, because this life is not about me but, the Lord and bringing Him glory.

The Reflection:
Are we in the practice of demonstrating patience when trying and difficult situations come our way? If we asked the Lord if we have shown faith in Him and waited patiently, would He say yes? In what situation in our lives have we allowed our impatient nature to hinder what God has in store for us?

The Application:
Let’s commit that we will wait on the Lord no matter how anxious we may feel. The more we want to take control of the situation; we need to ask the Lord for His strength to allow Him to work in will. Let’s remind ourselves constantly, however many times it is needed, that God is in control and that He has our backs.

The Prayer:
Father, we pray that You give us the patience to allow You to have complete control in our lives and work all things out for Your will, and not ours. Amen.