James 5:7-11 – “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. 8 You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door. 10 As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.” NASU
I love the way the Bible uses life illustrations to communicate truth. This is an example where the principle of ‘patience, faith and endurance’ is illustrated in the life of the farmer. I cannot tell you the number of times I have been called into a situation where someone had lost hope and contemplating giving up or had given up. Some were suicidal some were at their wits end ready to abandon their faith, family and future. They had endeavored to be patient but time had eroded their confidence and the lack of visible evidence or result had worn down their resolve to the point they were distraught and without hope.
I have used this analogy many times and found it effective more than not to help someone understand that giving up is not the answer. Having grown up on a rural country farm I understand these principles having seen them in action. It was a multiple step process which involved:
- Preserving the seed to be sown.
- Preparing the soil for sowing.
- Sowing the seed.
- Fertilizing the seed sown.
- Waiting on the rain.
- Waiting on the growth of the crop
Harvest was much later and the last item in the process. If we had given up at any juncture in the process there would be NO REAPING. Our labor, preparation and investment would be wasted. But if we had patience and endured as Galatians 6:9 tells us “IF” we do not lose heart we will reap if we do not grow weary and give up. Harvest is the fruit of the labors not the beginning of the process. As when the Kings of Israel and Judah joint forces to go against the kings of Moab the prophet Elisha instructed them to make ditches throughout the valley in 2 Kings 3. The next morning the ditches were filled with water and when Moab looked out they saw the ditches filled with blood and rushed out to spoil Judah and Israel and were soundly defeated. The principle of “Preparation proceeds blessing” was visible. So remember, the devil cannot win unless we quit so LIKE A FARMER invest the time, prayer, and energy and wait on God to provide the harvest for it will come if we stay the course!
God bless you as you go through this day!