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. James 5:7-12
The long game is always the hardest one to play. We live in a culture that celebrates instant. Whether that be instant credit or Instagram, very few marketers find patience-language effective in selling. Patience requires a little vision of what will happen and the internal fortitude to wait for something better when good is right in front of you. Get paid now or get paid later, which is better?
James makes it very clear that patience is a good practice. Here’s what we do know: Jesus is going to come back. Just like the farmer that understands the work of time in addition to cultivation, we ought to be men who “spiritually farm.” Establish the heart and waiting for the yield. Don’t concern yourself with the fruit, but do work at the preparation to be fruitful. Be steadfast in action, following the example of those who patiently endured this life in anticipation of the Lord’s return.
DO THIS TODAY: Practice patience.