Be Patient and Stand Firm

Scripture: James 5:8, ‘You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.’

 

Observations: James tells believers to ‘be patient until the Lord’s coming, (v7)’ and he gives the example of a farmer waiting for the spring rains. Like farmers we too need to ‘be patient and stand firm.’ Patience is one of the fruit of the Spirit, it denotes someone who not only trusts in the Lord, but trusts in the Lord’s timing. Standing firm is also one of the marks of true faith, a faith that perseveres through suffering and endures trials and difficulties. James goes on to remind us of Job’s perseverance and how God blessed his faithfulness (v11). But James also tells us that ‘the Lord’s coming is near.’ It’s been 2000 years, was James wrong? While James expected Jesus’ imminent return, he also trusted in God’s timing, rather than his own. We too should expect Jesus to return at any moment, which should encourage us to be patient and stand firm for another day. James also reminds us that ‘the Judge is standing at the door. (v9)’ Jesus is closer than we think.

 

Application: In the midst of the difficulties that we someone times face we can wonder if we can make it. But James encourages us not to give up hope, but to be patient in trials and to stand firm in the face of hardship. James reminds us that our lives are short, and that before we know it we will see Jesus face to face and our suffering will be a thing of the past. So be encouraged, Jesus will return and make all things right, be patient and stand firm, the rains will come.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help me to be patient when Your plans seem to progress so slowly. Lord, often I want to see results immediately, and yet You make me wait, help me to trust in Your purposes. Lord, help me to stand firm in my faith, even when I can’t see what You are doing. Lord, I pray that Jesus will come again soon and make all things right, that all knees will finally bow before Him as King of kings and Lord of lords. In His name I pray. Amen.

 

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