Wednesday, December 11
James 5:7–10
I have several friends who have been waiting for God to act in a mighty way for a long time. Some of them are confused about why it is taking God so long. As a pastor in their life, I too wish God would act more quickly to bring healing and wholeness. I don’t always have a good answer for their questions.

Today’s reading reminds us that patience is part of faith. Waiting for God to act is an essential part of our faith. Many of the saints who have gone before us waited in anticipation for God’s action. Some never saw what they were waiting for, but they held to the belief that one day, God would fulfill God’s promises. For those of us living after the death and resurrection of Jesus, we wait patiently for his return. Come, Lord Jesus, come!

Jesus, we pray for you to return soon. We want to see you make the wrong things right in our world. Give us patience to wait for you, even when the waiting is hard. Help us devote ourselves to doing your will while we wait. Amen.

From O Come, O Come Emmanuel, a publication of Luther Seminary. Used with permission. You may download O Come, O Come Emmanuel via this link. If you subscribe to Luther Seminary’s God Pause, you will receive O Come, O Come, Emmanuel in your email inbox each day of Advent. If you’re not a God Pause subscriber, sign up here and select “God Pause Daily Devotions.” You’ll continue to receive daily God Pause devotions, written by Luther Seminary alumni, after Advent ends.

Writers: Michael Binder ’17, Affiliate Faculty in Congregational Mission and Leadership; Amy Marga, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology. Theological Editor: James L. Boyce ’71, Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Greek. Cover photo by Elizabeth Explores on Unsplash.