Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord–that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. (James 5:7-11)
We All Need To Be Farmers
It is hard to be patient. In a world thriving on millisecond technology the mind can be frustrated that requires time to wait. When God created the world He established a pattern of nature that requires time. Planting a crop involves a time for growing before the harvest. Farming is an occupation of patience knowing that soil prepared today will not see fruition of blessings until much later. Life must be viewed in the context of a patient spirit.
One of the important lessons in our relationship with God is learning that He does things in His own time. The thoughts of the Lord are not our thoughts. Charles Jerdan writes, “To ‘wait upon God’ is a frequent exhortation of Scripture. The cultivation of this patience is perfectly consistent with holy activity. It springs from the same root of faith from which good works spring. We show our faith not only by our active ‘works,’ but also when we ‘endure, as seeing him who is invisible.’” Many things of life require waiting. We resist that but it does not change the nature of God’s will.
The epistle of James is filled with exhortation of patience. Trials befall the child of God daily. The maddened pace of life is focused upon the desire to have everything now. Pride causes man to forget God bragging about what he will do tomorrow when no promise of tomorrow is given. Pleasure and luxury are the orders for the day taking the focus of eternity out of sight. We must learn to be patient and establish our lives in Jesus Christ. Trusting in Him will give us the confidence to look for His coming today. It will cure the disheartened spirit and remind us of the examples of others who endured the trials of life because they trusted God. Consider the prophets of old. Learn the lessons of God’s man Job. Be a farmer and be patient. The bounty is coming. And what a cornucopia that is going to be.
Can anyone think of believing in God without trusting Him? Is it possible to trust in God for the big things like forgiveness and eternal life, and then refuse to trust Him for the little things like clothing and food? (Oswald C. J. Hoffmann, Life Crucified, 1959)