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By crshelare

James 5:7–11 ‘See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting…’ (v7)

Those who come from a long line of farmers probably inherit a strong work ethic. From the influence of their forebears, they may have developed an awareness of the seasons and the need for rain – perhaps checking their rain gauge with interest and praying for rain in the midst of drought.

And they may have learned how to wait. We see this influence of farming in this passage from James’ letter to the ‘twelve tribes’, which probably signifies the new church.

In that Middle Eastern climate, the rains would come twice a year. With this much- needed nourishment, the crops would grow and flourish.

But farmers could do nothing to force the precipitation; they could only wait and be patient, trusting that the Lord would deliver what was needed.

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Patience is a fruit of the Spirit that many of us find difficult to cultivate. We often don’t want to wait for the expected outcome; we want it now.

Perhaps those who work the land display a deeper sense of patience and waiting on God than those who do not, as they live rooted to the earth, looking to God for help and hope and being aware of the cycle of life.

Yet whether or not we are farmers, we all depend on God for our breath, life and sustenance.

As we survey our blessings and our challenges this day, may we be mindful of the God from whom all blessings flow. To Him we seek the strength to stand firm, knowing that His coming is near (v8).


A Prayer To Make:
‘Lord of the seasons, help me to trust You when the ground is hard and the rains don’t seem to be coming. I put my hope in You. Amen.’

An Action To Take:
To cultivate gratitude to God for how He brings you through periods of waiting, look back over your life to notice His guiding presence.

Scripture To Consider:
Deut. 28:9–12; Jer. 17:7–8; 1 Cor. 3:6–9; Heb. 6:7–8

Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.