James 5:7-10 (NASB)
7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. 8 You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door. 10 As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
We get impatient, especially in our fast-paced society that offers instant gratification with constant communication with cell phones and text messaging, drive-through windows for fast food, and immediate access to books and games and movies on electronic devices. But farmers learn to wait patiently—they don’t expect to harvest a crop the day after they plant the seed. Scripture tells us to be patient as we wait for the coming of the Lord. But in addition to being patient, James tells us to strengthen our hearts and to quit complaining. While we patiently wait, we must also be preparing ourselves so that we are ready to face His judgment when Jesus comes again.
Almighty God, we know Jesus is coming again even though we don’t know when. Purify us, strengthen us, forgive our sins as we repent, and prepare us for the return of Jesus. In His name. Amen.
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