James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
Brethren, why is the Lord likened to a husbandman? It’s because He is so patient, and He is always at work on gathering a greater harvest of souls. No matter how chaotic events may seem, we can be encouraged that the Lord is still at work. He has not given up on His plan. And such chaos as we now see reported in the media can certainly help to turn hearts to the Lord.
We are to have that same heart of patience because we have been called to be workers in the garden of the Lord. It’s not a patience that sits idly by, spiritually speaking, for there is much to do in the Spirit until the final harvest, but patient regarding those matters that tempt us to become frustrated, angry, irritated, and basically distracted from what we should be focused on — am I the only one here?
James 5:8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
May we have our eyes on what is important: Jesus Christ! and our future with Him and that of our families and our brethren in the church. May we remember the need for all men — especially, right now, those that are so troubled around us in this world — to be saved and made ready for the Lord’s return along with us. For the time is short no matter how we look at it.