The next reading in the series comes from James 5:7-12. The theme is “Patience and Endurance”.
The first part of verse 7 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return…”
One of the great truths of the Bible is that Jesus is coming back. Jesus Himself said, “When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am” (John 14:3).
That is a great promise for those who follow Jesus. That He will come back and take us to be with Himself and His Father for all eternity. It is a living hope we all share if we have put our faith in Christ.
In the end of verse 7 and in to verse 8 it tells us while this will happen, we need to be patient waiting…
“Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near”.
Moving to a farming area has taught me a lot about farming and patience. Each year the farmers prepare and wait for the first rains, then they seed for weeks. Then they wait patiently for the harvest which is months away.
Just as there is a gap between seeding and harvest, there is a gap between Jesus first and second coming. In the meantime we wait patiently and we do the things He asks us to do.
So today as we patiently wait for Jesus return let us remember His words… “When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am”.