In the first six verses of Chapter 5, James gave a warning to people who oppress others. In the next six verses, he encourages those who are under oppression to be patient…
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. (James 5:7)
An impatient person should not become a farmer. A farmer cannot grow a crop overnight (unless it’s a crop of weeds). He usually plants in the spring, and harvests in the fall. Why does a farmer wait so long for the crop to grow? He waits because it is valuable. (Verse 7 calls it “the precious fruit of the earth.”) It is worth waiting for.
This year we have field corn in the field around our home. It was planted in the spring, and it will likely be here until October. It provides great beauty to our view and nice privacy to our yard. I’m not in any hurry to see it go because I like having it there, but I imagine that the farmers who planted it will be anxious to harvest it to derive the value from it. However, they need to wait until it’s ready because a mature crop is what brings that value.
God is producing a spiritual harvest in our lives, and it too is worth waiting for. He is using our trials (Remember James 1?) to develop in us spiritual fruit that is valuable: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
Believer, I know your problems are difficult right now, but God wants you to be patient as His Holy Spirit grows this spiritual fruit in your life.
Today’s Good News is that God is using your trials to produce a harvest of spiritual fruit in your life.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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