James – Jan 26

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“Be 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. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.” James 5:7-8   Growing in our faith often involves learning to do things that don’t come very naturally to us. One thing that we’re increasingly bad at is being patient. We want what we want…and we want it now. But being a follower of Christ pushes us in a different direction. We have an eternal focus, and so we don’t become consumed in the tyranny of the things that seem so urgent. James makes a reference here to farmers. They have no choice but to wait, do they? To be clear: there is time-sensitive work that farmers must do, but once the crop is in the ground the farmer relies on patience. In due time, a good thing will spring forth. When we follow Christ and look for God’s law to be planted in our hearts, then a good thing will spring forth. We wait for Christ’s return…but we don’t wait with resigned indifference. Instead, we wait like a farmer scanning the field for the first signs of the harvest. We wait with expectation and anticipation. Rev. Brad Greene