When I was growing up, my favorite part of summer were the fresh pies my Grandmother would bake. I remember asking my Grandma for constant updates as she dutifully went through each step of preparing an excellent pie. As I would ask “Is it ready yet?” she would smile and reply “patience is a virtue.” I remember thinking, “I don’t want patience, I want pie!”
This Lord’s Day, James is calling us to patience. Not patience as we wait for something temporal, like a pie. But patience as we await the greatest event of human history: The triumphant return of the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s hard to exercise patience as we await the return of the Lord. Sin exists in the world and in our hearts, and sin’s consequences are painful. James encourages our patience not only by reminding us that the return of Christ is closer than we might think (5:8), he also calls us to patience by remembering the character of our God (5:11). As we wait His return, we rest in His compassionate and merciful character.
This Morning's Text: 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. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
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