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. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! 10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
The most difficult lesson for Christian is not faith, hope or love, but “Patience”.
Many people can easily ‘grow-up’ faith or hope or love by listening/watching an exciting/encouraging message or video. But the question is how long is it going to last?
Especially when we are in the middle of suffering or been offended. We may do the same thing, just like disciples James and John said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them”. We like to see the results or justice quickly. We want our prayers granted by the Lord immediately. We don’t want to wait because we are lacking in patience.
That’s why James asked the disciples to learn the patience from the farmer who waits for the land to yield it’s valuable crop and Job’s perseverance what the Lord finally brought about.
The challenge of this passage to me is:
- Do I truly believe God knows everything that is happening with me or my family?
- Do I complain all the time about everything?
- How many times have I made decisions by myself without waiting for God’s leading?
Dear Jesus, you are my Lord and Savoir. None of your words will be delayed any longer. Thank you for loving me all the time even though I am not patient. Help me and give me strength to practice patience with you step by step, as it is not that we are waiting for You Lord, but that You are waiting for us. Amen.
Written by Allen Leu