Wednesday 23 May, 2018

James 5:7-11

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. 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.

As I read verse 7 of this passage, I am reminded of a lemon tree that I planted a few years ago, which has still not produced any fruit. I look in expectation every now and then, hoping to find some buds, but I am constantly needing to be patient and just wait. I somewhat relate to the farmer who patiently waits for the rain and eagerly looks for the valuable harvest to ripen (vs 7). We all face things in our lives that require patience.

Verse 8 clearly says, like a farmer, we are to “…be patient and take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near”. As I pursue the life God has called me to, and seek to bring Him glory in what I do, I need to trust in His timing. Sometimes I want to see the immediate results of my actions, but when it comes to God and the incredible eternity He has promised to His children, I need to wait with patience. God is working all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28), and I am reminded to press on through trials and testing, and patiently wait in expectation for Him to fulfil His promise.

Lord, I thank You for Your promises. I thank You, that You’re timing is perfect and that I can trust in You in all things. Please help me to have patience where it’s needed, and continue to pursue a courageous life for Your glory. In Jesus’ name.

Written by Laura Samperi

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