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Bible Prophecy Encourages Patient Waiting

We read in James 5:7-8, “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand”

Notice the emphasis: three times in two verses, a plea to “be patient.” Even though the whole world seems in a hurry, says James, “be patient.” Why? Because Jesus is coming, and nothing else really matters.

But the patient waiting encouraged by James is not idleness. It is like the waiting of the “husbandman who waits for the precious fruit of the earth.” Even with modern techniques of farming, the time needed to mature a crop has not changed. But the farmer has much work to do while he is waiting. The time must pass, but it must be used in cultivating, irrigating, spraying, or his will not be the joy of an abundant harvest.

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