Do you like being told to be patient?
Nothing makes me more impatient than someone telling me to be patient. Am I the only one?
Read this fascinating passage from James 5:
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy (James 5:7-11).
James tells Christians to be patient, waiting and ready for the Lord’s return. He writes this at a time when Jesus had recently left. He had witnessed Jesus resurrected, might have even watched His ascension, too. James knew what he was talking about. (He wrote these words under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. They are God’s Word.)
Don’t you find it noteworthy that James tells us to wait, to be patient?
At the same time, James tells us Jesus’ return is imminent. He says, the judge standeth before the door (verse 9). He tells us the coming of the Lord draweth nigh (verse 8).
What a perspective! Jesus could return at any time. James knew it. And we know it.
In the meantime, like the prophets of old—like Job—we’re to suffer affliction with patience, and endure. (verses 10-11)
We’re to stablish our hearts. This word means establish, strengthen.
While we wait, we grow in grace so we have stronger hearts.
And we keep looking up.
We lift up our heads; for our redemption draweth nigh (Luke 21:28).