Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. (James 5:7-8, ESV)
Good fruit and plenteous harvest take time.
Have you ever tried to rush fruits or vegetables?
I would rather have a vine ripe tomato over a hydroponic rushed to market tomato everyday of the week.
We rush things. When we’re young we can’t wait to grow up. We can’t wait for school to be over.
All things in due season.
Even the Lord’s return. Some are longing for it. Others have too much on their plate to give it much thought.
James encourages the believers to establish themselves. It means to stand firm. Be ready.
PRAYER: God who is coming again. Forgive us for not looking, not caring, trying to rush, or trying to delay your return. Assure us you have not forgotten, help us to wait…expectantly, as the farmer awaits the harvest. Amen.