James 5:7–9 (NIV): 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!
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
In today’s study in James chapter 5, James encourages Christians who have experienced persecution and oppression. These Christians, in particular, were being treated cruelly by rich landowners who took advantage of them.
James 5:7-8, “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. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.”
Did you notice one word that James repeated three times in two verses? If you said “patient,” you get the gold star.
The Greek word for "patient" means to delay taking action against someone who has done you wrong. And James is saying be patient, don’t retaliate against those who hurt you, because the Lord’s coming is near.
You see, at this time of James’ writing, these people believed that the Lord would return any moment. They would think maybe it’ll be this week, surely this month. And then months turned to years.
And James encourages them with this idea of a farmer waiting patiently for his harvest knowing that he is dependent upon something completely outside of his own control.
In the same way, we are to be patient and stand firm in God and wait for Him.
Now, James knows waiting is hard. And is that ever so true for us today? We want things now. James warns that as we wait, he says in James 5 verse 9, “Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!”
When we’re in a season of waiting, frustrations and pressures from difficult circumstances have a way of getting the best of us. You wanna know one way to tell when you’ve lost your trust in God? It’s when you start blaming others and take your frustrations out on others.
So, your simple truth for today: Waiting for God is hard, but just like the farmer kept his eyes on his harvest, you keep your eyes on God and His Word. And you’ll know when you’ve taken your eyes off of God because you’ll be tempted to grumble and blame others for your frustrations.
One sure-fire way to keep your eyes on God is to study His Word daily. Just ask your Amazon smart speaker to “Play Bible Study.”
I’m Julie Carruth, and if the Lord delays His coming, I’ll see you again tomorrow.