Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, 'Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.'
But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the Word with a noble and good heart, keep It and bear fruit with patience.
Imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
I talk about patience a lot--probably because I need it a lot. Most likely, you do too. Because impatience is like poison in the mouth of a snake. When released, it can slow your success--or kill it altogether.
Since actors, models and talent for Christ have a uniquely important mission, we must avoid this snake in the grass called impatience. If you feel its hissing presence, call on the Lion of Judah. His Name sends every predator running in the opposite direction.
Unfortunately, the children of Israel got bitten by the snake of impatience--again and again. In a series of poor decisions, their eleven-day trip became a 40-year trial.
Consider these words from Charles Spurgeon, a much-loved British preacher of the 19th century:*
'I wish, brothers and sisters, that we could all imitate 'the pearl oyster.' A hurtful particle intrudes itself into its shell, and this vexes and grieves it. It cannot reject the evil, but what does it do but 'cover' it with a precious substance extracted out of its own life, by which it turns the intruder into a pearl! Oh, that we could do so with the provocations we receive from our fellow Christians, so that 'pearls' of patience, gentleness, and forgiveness might be bred within us by that which otherwise would have harmed us.'
Therein, patience is a pearl. It covers irritation. To accomplish this transformation, reach high for the Fruit of the Spirit. Pull down the peace and patience of God. Take a bite. Offer it to others. By it, grumblers become gleamers. Tests become testimonies. Waiting rooms become stages--reflecting the brilliance of Christ.
Consider these words from: 1) an American founding father, 2) a famous Russian author and 3) James, the brother of Jesus.
'He that can have patience can have what he will' (Benjamin Franklin).
'The strongest of all warriors are these two: Time and Patience' (Leo Tolstoy in War and Peace).**
'But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing' (James 1:4).
To Be Continued...
** The Conversion of Leo Tolstoy: http://www.creationism.org/csshs/v09n2p27.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Field of Dreams series.