“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.” (James 5:7-8)
The world is scary! Just watch the news: The presidential elections, ISIS, murders, public shootings, police shootings, militant terrorists, national debt, government corruption, racial riots, sex slavery, partial birth abortion, taxes, health insurance, illegal immigrants, etc. etc. …
What’s a person to do?
Well, the early Church were experiencing tough times too. They were scattered abroad, persecuted, fighting their own flesh and the devil, they were being oppressed by the rich, even condemned and killed. James wrote to the Christians and told them what they should do…
Be patient? What? He told them to be patient? Yes. That’s what he said.
What does “patient” mean? Here’s what Merriam-Webster says about patient and patience:
: able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people
: done in a careful way over a long period of time without hurrying
: the ability to remain calm when dealing with a difficult or annoying situation, task, or person
Well, that makes sense, all those things I listed at the beginning are difficult and annoying situations and people. So, I am to “remain calm”? That’s hard to do! But, that’s what the Lord tells us to do over and over. In fact, the book of James uses the word patient or patience at least 7 times, the New Testament uses them over 40 times!! “Patience”, or “longsuffering” is part of the nine-fold Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. It is an outward manifestation of the inner condition of being indwelt by the Holy Spirit. In verse 8 of James chapter 5, he says, be patient, stablish (or strengthen) your hearts – Why? Because “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” When Jesus comes, beginning with the rapture and finally culminating in the judgement, everything will be made right again. The wicked will be judged and punished for their crimes (unless they repent before it’s too late). Those who have trusted in Christ as their Savior will live with Him in heaven for ever and ever. Amen. The cycle will be complete. It began with Creation when God said that everything was “very good”. Then came sin and the fall, and everything went bad quickly. Then Jesus Christ came and paid sin’s price on the cross, making a way for humans to be righteous again. One day, He will make a new Heaven and a new Earth, and everything will be “very good” again. If you have repented of your sin and believed in Jesus as your Savior, you can look forward to this time. I pray that all those reading this will make the right choice. See my page “Good News: A Free Gift” .
Meanwhile, we are to be patient, “stablish” or strengthen our hearts by drawing close to the Lord, He is our strength (Psalms 18:1,2,32,39; 19:14; 22:19;27:1; 28:7; 28:8; 29:11; 31:4; 37:39; 43:2; 46:1; and many more verses). Keeping our eyes focused on Him and obeying Him will help us to have patience while we wait.
I hope this is an encouragement to you to strengthen your heart in the Lord.
~Graced and Grateful Grammy
Don’t let life’s trials try your patience, just try being patient.