The country group Alabama released their “American Pride” album in 2000 which included the song I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why). This song is the epitome of the American way of life. The modern house often is not designed with a front porch because people rush home from work to sit in front of their televisions or go out to work on something else. Time to just be still is vanishing rapidly. James wrote, “Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (5:7-8). Have you gotten in such a hurry you forgot what you are even doing here on earth? Let us refocus.
When there is so many things that need to get done, it is hard to be patient while the checklist still has empty boxes. Have you ever been working on something and could not rest until it was complete? During the Christian walk, we can get anxious waiting through hard times which James called suffering (5:10). Anything good is worth waiting for though. “Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11). Patience is personified in Job.
Suffering often brings on bickering. James recognized this and wrote, “Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door” (5:9). Suffering will come in the Christian walk, but how we respond to that suffering will depend on how patient we are. It is easy to get in a hurry in life, rushing around to try and numb the pain that suffering brings. As far as the coming of the Lord is concerned, all we can do as Christians is hurry up and wait. We do not know when the Lord is coming back, so all we can do is wait patiently, without grumbling to one another, and live righteously. Do you have the patience to hurry up and wait? God shows us patience everyday, let us do the same for him as we eagerly wait for our Savior’s return.