7 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. 8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Most of us would not make very good farmers. When I was a child and we planted a seed in a cup, before it could break the soil I was digging it up to see if it was coming. Not much has changed, I’m afraid. We just aren’t very good at waiting.
In today’s verses we are taught about the farmer who plants his seed and patiently waits for the early and latter rains to come and bring the seed to full crop. Impatient people wouldn’t make good farmers. But that is not the point here. A farmer has no choice but to wait for the crop to come to full fruit. So, what is the lesson? Just as the farmer is patient so we are to be patient.
However, there is one phrase here that we should look at, “Establish your hearts.” While we are awaiting the return of Jesus Christ, which the church has been awaiting for 2000 years, we are to be establishing our hearts. In other words, when we get saved we are not called to just sit and wait for Jesus. On the contrary, while waiting we are to be establishing our hearts. We are to be “growing in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” We are to be “making our calling and election sure.”
So, while we are learning patience, taking lessons from the farmer, we are to be in the Word of God and studying Him, His person, His will, His grace, His love, His glory, and more. Yes, we want the Lord to return and today would be great! But if He tarries until tomorrow what are you doing today to establish your heart in Him?
Tis the season of colds in my house. It started with Bobbi and has worked its way finally to me. I hope your house gets a pass on this one.
This coming Saturday night and Sunday afternoon the Naperville Men’s Glee Club, which, as you know, I sing in, is having its Christmas concerts. The Saturday night concert is more serious in nature and the Sunday afternoon concert is more light-hearted. If you want tickets I have some available. They are $15 with a discount for students and seniors.
Tonight is our prayer and Bible study, Kids4Truth and Youth group. See you at 7:00.
Have a great day in the Lord,