Sunday, October 16, 2011

Autumn Rain

"Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming.  See how the farmer waits for the land to yield it's valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.  You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near."  James 5: 7 & 8

Just think about how patient farmers need to be...... "will the seeds germinate?"  or "when is the best time to harvest?" - everything depends on the weather.  Planting and harvesting relies on rain.  Modern irrigation does help but nothing can compare to rain.  I can water my garden all day and the plants can still look wilted and the plants will need water again the next day.  But after a day of rain my plants can go without watering for days.

It is patience and trust that this farmer must have.  This verse compares that farmer to us as Christians.  We must be "patient and stand firm" even when we don't see the valuable crop that our work is helping to grow.  "Stand Firm" - steadfast, persistent, dedicated, unfaltering and firm in doing God's work/being Christ-like.

Lord Jesus help us to "stand firm" with patience until You return. 

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