December 7, 2023


James 5:7-11 - 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. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.


In this passage from James chapter 5, we are called to patience as we await the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Just as a farmer patiently waits for the rains that will water his crops and bring about a bountiful harvest, so too must we patiently wait for God's perfect timing. We are encouraged to look to the prophets of old as examples of those who endured suffering with patience. Above all, we are reminded that the Judge stands at the door and that we must not grumble against one another as we walk through trials together by faith. God is compassionate and will reward those whose hearts are steadfast in Him.


It can be so difficult to remain patient in times of suffering and uncertainty. Our natural inclination is to want to hurry God along or try to control outcomes through our own efforts. But this passage reminds us that God's timing is perfect and that He uses our waiting and enduring of hard times to strengthen our faith and dependence on Him. Like a farmer has no power over the rains, so we have no power to hasten or alter God's plan. We must fix our eyes on Jesus and encourage one another to persevere just a little while longer. Though the harvest may not yet be seen, we can take comfort knowing that in God's perfect timing it will come. And for those who endure to the end, a reward surely awaits. May we learn from the prophets to patiently and courageously carry the light of Christ into dark times, trusting that He who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it.


Heavenly Father, thank You for Your faithfulness and for being the God who sees us through our trials. Give us patient hearts that do not grow weary in well-doing. Help us to fix our eyes on Jesus and find our strength and hope in Him. May we encourage one another in the faith and refrain from complaining. Help us to imitate the prophets who endured suffering with courage and perseverance. And Lord, use the difficulties in our lives to draw us nearer to You. We pray that You would complete the good work You have begun in us. We ask this in Jesus' name, Amen.

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The patient farmer stands steadfast, his eyes to the heavens, Trusting that God's rains will come in their season and nourish the seeds he has sown.

The patient farmer stands steadfast, his eyes to the heavens,
Trusting that God's rains will come in their season and nourish the seeds he has sown.

This image was generated by AI from the devotion text.