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. (Jas 5:7)
The idea of being patient is one that many times we do not want to embrace. Especially in today’s society, we are a group of people that is very impatient. We are the age of people who stands in front of the microwave and yell “HURRY UP!”. We are the ones who stand in long lines or camp out 4 days early for the newest Ipad or Iphone. Indeed, patience is not a characteristic that our age is known by.
This post will be short and ask for you input. I have normally thought of this verse and verse 8 as words written to the ones who are being oppressed. Yet, it may be that James, after chastising these rich, is saying to them: The cure for all of these issues (from 4:13 to here) is Patience.
You don’t need to spend your time seeking after riches and traveling around with grand plans that don’t include God. You don’t have to fall into the mentality that “it is every man for himself” and fail to pay what is right, you don’t have to defraud people to line your pockets with gold.
God had been waiting years for His Son to come, He waited while the prophets preached and He is waiting while the Gospel is going forth. He is not impatient. All will be ok. If you wish to shortcut the laws of God to gain what you want, it won’t work in the first place and, in addition to that, you no longer have the character of God in your lives because God is patient.
So you may be a little less rich when life is over, you will have treasures in Heaven. So you have to wait to buy a new car every 6 years instead every 2, your car can’t go with you to Heaven. The Lord is coming back and so we wait for that. As we live our lives in this world, we should be, if we have food and clothing, content people.
Question: Lord willing we will have another post on this using my other thought that it applies to those who are suffering, but does this presentation of it applying to the rich work also?