“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. Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!”
James 5:7-9 NKJV
I am watching little television these days. I can’t make it through my local morning news without gagging on the commercials. I am by my nature not a political person. I learned at an early age the futility of thinking that a vote for a flawed human being will make any difference. We are facing supernatural realities, manifest in human behaviors.
I awaken each morning hoping that the Lord will come today. I see all that is happening and I am weary of the struggle. I see naive people trying to make sense of the work of the evil one without consulting the Creator of the Universe. I am yearning for the coming of Jesus who will establish the kingdom of God, where there will be no more campaign commercials, no more debates, no more conspiracies, just the righteousness of God.
The passage I read in James was a welcome reminder of the fact that Jesus is coming again. I have read that passage many times, but this time had a strong resonance, as I believe the time is near. We who believe have been waiting for centuries for this time, for the return of the Lord Jesus. We began to look in earnest when the nation of Israel was reborn in a day upon the UN declaration on November 29, 1947 and its physical rebirth, May 14, 1948.
“Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, She gave birth to her children.”
Isaiah 66:8 NKJV
In the aftermath of the Holocaust, meant to exterminate the Jewish people, a nation was reborn. What man meant for evil, God used for good.
We are waiting.
I have so many fellow christians who are feeling tremendous stress and anxiety. Many of them don’t know why. Deep with in us, eternity is hard wired into our hearts. We have the Holy Spirit, that little bit of heaven reminding us that this world is not our home. We desire to go to where we belong. As the time is nearing, our hearts are like homing beacons pointed to that place where we long to be. The reality of this present life, of this mortal frame is a grim reminder that we are not there yet.
We are mourning.
I know that personally my emotions are all over the place. I try to make each day glorious, but it is hard. Many of us are longing so much, that each day is unbearable, and like anyone in pain, we are grouchy. Brothers and sisters, this time is calling on us to be patient with one another, to love and show the grace of God. I know that it is hard, but we still have work to do. So many do not know the Lord and time is truly short. The Judge is at the door.
We are also in mourning over the change that is going to come. I am an aging man and I have more years behind me than I have before. Others are young, children are being born, new relationships are blossoming and the future is ahead. I look forward to the coming of the Lord. I can imagine that it is bitter sweet for those who have their youth.
Many have persevered in times past, never seeing the promise. None of them were as close to the promise as we are.
“My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”
James 5:10-11 NKJV
Know that the Lord is good. He is faithful even when all seems to be passing away. In Christ we have an eterrnity that is assured and worth looking forward to as we go about preaching the Gospel to all who will hear.
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