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James (W11D1) Be Patient

Week 11. Monday: Be Patient

PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.

READ: James 5:7-8

7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.

UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words

  1. Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words.

  2. Make a list of the keys words/phrases and think about what they mean.

Snapshot: In this passage James is not just reminding believers to be patient. He is revealing something about why we need to be patient. A farmer has no choice but to be patient. He cannot make his crop grow. He cannot control the weather. He cannot control the sunlight or the nutrients in the soil. The farmer has to wait on external forces to do what is needed. The same is true for us. There are so many things that are outside of our control. Therefore, we must do what we can and be patient with the things we can do nothing about.

APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?

Read Ephesians 4:2. Who in your life are you struggling to be patient with? Why?

Read 2 Peter 3:9. What does this verse say about how God deals with us?

PRAY: Ask God to help you be patient with the things you cannot control.

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