Before concluding our study of James let’s do a topical study of patience. James discussed it in James 1:3-4 and 5:7-11. All of us struggle with patience, yet it’s essential to becoming all God wants us to be. James points out three things about patience.
1. Waiting for the expected. The farmer works the soil and plants a crop, then waits for harvest. God’s servant shares God’s Word and waits for it to do its intended work. Job learned he had to wait for God to honor his righteousness.
2. Waiting during the unexpected. The farmer waits during irregular weather, hoping it won’t destroy his crop. God’s servant has to wait when there’s an unexpected response or reticence to respond. Job had to wait when devastating tragedies hit him.
3. Waiting until our ultimate expectation is realized. The Lord is coming. He is coming soon. The judge is standing at the door. Don’t throw in the towel before that day. Whatever we need to patiently endure or wait for, it will be worth it all when the Lord comes.
As you reflect on these examples and challenges never forget how the One before whom we stand accountable is described in chapter 5 verse 11: “The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” Also, in chapter 1 verse 3: never forget that the “testing of your faith develops patience or perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Remember, God is never late. Wait patiently on Him.