7“Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. 8You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.”
The farmer, while waiting for the rains, doesn’t just wait for the crop to come. He continuously works the land, even if the fruits of his labor aren’t apparent because he knows that one day, his work will produce crop. However, he also knows that the crop only comes with the rain that God provides. He can work the land all he wants, but it will not produce anything without the rains.
Between the early and late rains, the farmer experiences a dry period with little rain. Nevertheless, he keeps working because he knows that the rains will eventually come, and he will be able to harvest his crop.
James urges us to keep striving through trials and patiently wait for God’s deliverance. I often find myself complaining and gripping whenever troubled times come, instead of waiting on the Lord and seeing what He wants to teach me. Instead of persevering and listening to God’s commands, I wait idly for God to fix all my problems.
The crop may grow with rain, but without the farmer’s dedication and work each day, the harvest will be poor. In the same way, unless we cultivate our spiritual lives even in dry periods, the fruit of our lives will be poor. It is easy to put God aside when we don’t feel His blessings, but it is during those dry periods that our spiritual lives need the most care.
Ultimately, in the midst of our endeavors, we can always cling to the hope that soon, God will be coming back and we will see the fruit of our endurance, to be with our Lord for all eternity. James stated, right after Jesus’ time, that the coming of the Lord in near. It is much nearer now, and that is exciting.
“For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.”
-2 Corinthians 4:17