• Be Patient Devotional

    James 5:7–9

    Presently, the people of God suffer under the rule of ungodly men. Yet, as we have read today, one day this will all be reversed. We must, therefore, wait patiently for this day, working to help spread the good news of the kingdom. As Calvin says, “the confusion of things which is now seen in the world will not be perpetual, because the Lord at his coming will reduce things to order, and that therefore our minds ought to entertain good hope.” View Resource

  • Dealing With Anger Devotional

    Proverbs 14:29

    We can avoid expressing our anger sinfully if we stop to think about how we are being treated and the relative importance of the situation. Often, we are so quick to show our ire that we forget that others may be lashing out at us because of some deeply rooted pain, even if we are not the ones who have caused it. As we respond to others who have hurt us, let us consider what may be prompting their actions and seek to address the root cause of the problem. View Resource

  • Exposing the Sin Devotional

    1 Samuel 14:36–46

    The Bible clearly calls believers to honor and submit to their leaders. But there may be times when those leaders are prepared to take such ungodly measures that they must be opposed. We need great wisdom to discern when such times are upon us. Pray for such wisdom, and for the courage to stand in opposition if necessary. View Resource

  • Fearing God Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 11-12

    Patience is a key virtue in the Christian life because of our need to take a long view of things. It can be difficult to remain faithful in suffering or to spend hours ministering with little visible return. When we take the long view of things, however, we find the strength to press forward even in the context of great difficulty. Let us surround ourselves with people who will encourage us to take, as we are able, an eternal perspective on all things. View Resource

  • In the Midst of Suffering Devotional

    James 5:1–12

    Look back over the book of James. Notice how he weaves together the themes of suffering and the tongue. Observe how he brings them together. Consider carefully what this means and what changes you should make in your life. Recommit yourself to simple honesty. View Resource

  • The Limits of God’s Patience Devotional

    Amos 4

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage: “How little the pretense of good intention avails with God, which hypocrites ever bring forward.” The ancient Israelites thought that the Lord would be patient with their evil as long as they worshipped fervently. They were wrong. So, too, are we wrong to think worship is enough without a life of repentance. If we do not live a life of repentance, our worship is hollow and displeasing to God (Rom. 12:1). View Resource

  • The Lord is Patient Devotional

    2 Peter 3:9–10

    The call to repent before it is too late should never make us think that God’s election will fail to accomplish its purposes. However, the elect will never presume upon the grace and patience of God but will lead a life of repentance, remembering that His mercy requires a response of faith. Today’s passage reminds us that we must never take God’s patience for granted. Spend some time today in repentance over things you have not yet confessed to the Lord. View Resource

  • One in Spirit Devotional

    Ephesians 4:2-3

    We cannot sacrifice truth for the sake of a superficial visible unity, which is an error evident in the liberal arm of the ecumenical movement. Still, we should not think that all efforts at visible church unity represent liberalism, for the splintering of the church into many denominations makes it hard for the world to see the love of Christ among believers. Let us work for visible unity where possible, bearing with one another in patience and love. View Resource

  • Patience and Kindness Devotional

    Proverbs 21:21

    All of us have been tempted at one time or another to jockey for position and to make ourselves look knowledgeable by correcting minor mistakes. For example, we sometimes think that by always correcting minor misstatements and trivial errors we have done a great service to humanity. Yet always being the first to correct every inaccurate word or misstatement actually displays an unkind spirit. Ask the Lord to help you overlook trivial errors in the name of kindness. View Resource

  • Patience and Kindness Devotional

    1 Corinthians 13

    Consider today’s lesson as a test. As you review it, evaluate yourself in terms of patience and kindness. Are you patient with those who are inferior to you, like your children? Are you as kind and sensitive to other people as you should be? Do you need to claim God’s patience and kindness by faith? View Resource

  • Patience in Trials Devotional

    Job 1:20–22

    When we are suffering, we are often strongly tempted not to praise God. Matthew Henry notes that Job adored the Lord when he was blessed and when he suffered. “When all was gone he fell down and worshipped… . Weeping must not hinder sowing, nor hinder worshipping.” It is precisely in our pain that we most need to worship alongside God’s people, even if all we can do is sit in the pew and weep. View Resource

  • Suffering and Patience Devotional

    James 5:10–11

    James 5:11 concludes by reminding us that the Lord is compassionate and merciful. We can see this now but it will be even more evident to us at the last day. The vindication that we will experience and the compassion we will see face to face enable us to be patient as we wait for the Lord’s return. Think of some situations in which you have not been patient and ask the Lord to give you endurance. Strive to wait patiently on the Lord in all things. View Resource