Scripture: James 5:7-12
7Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. 8You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. 9Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! 10As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11Indeed we call blessed those who showed endurance. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. 12Above all, my beloved, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “Yes” be yes and your “No” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.
Reflection: Patience! Don’t read the Bible if you’re in a hurry because everything seems to happen over decades and decades of waiting for the Lord. There are a few times that it’s instantaneous but there is a whole lot of waiting going on in the Bible. In a recent sermon, I made the comment that “I don’t think God has ever seen a clock or a calendar!” I believe that’s true. Our timeframe is not God’s timeframe. Because it hasn’t happened yet, does not necessarily mean that it won’t happen ever.
What are you waiting for today? Who are you praying for, waiting for God’s love to touch their lives? What prayer has gone unanswered? Take some time to read the Scriptures and you’ll find a God who moves very slowly but never forsakes us. Other times you will find God to move very swiftly without any warning. We never know which. The important thing is to know Who!
Prayer: Lord, I’m waiting for you to do something and I want to renew my trust in you today. Our lives are in your hands. Whether we live or whether we die, we belong to you. I entrust my will to your will and pray for your kingdom to come. Give me the patience to wait and the endurance to stay. Our lives are ultimately in your hands. Through Christ we pray. Amen.
Author: Steve Eason
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].