As I have been reading through the book of James, one verse that I spent a little more time with was from chapter 5, verse 7. It says,
Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.
The verse is talking about waiting patiently until Jesus returns, but I can apply the importance of being patient to other situations as well. I’m in a situation right now where I am learning to be patient and wait on the Lord. So I spent a little extra time on what God was trying to teach me with this passage.
I was thinking about the example of the farmer. He waits patiently for the harvest. He works very hard for several months so that during a short period at the end of the season, he can collect the food. So, while he is now waiting patiently, it doesn’t mean he didn’t take any action earlier. He worked extremely hard at the beginning of the season preparing the soil, planting the seeds, and fertilizing.
In the past, I’ve tended to view “waiting on the Lord” as taking no action and waiting for God to do something.
But the farmer doesn’t simply sit around and wait for the crops to magically appear. He needs to plant the seeds and tend the soil. Then, he needs to wait on the Lord to bring the rains that will grow the crops.
Like the farmer, I can’t sit around waiting for God to just bless me. God could certainly do that if He wanted to, but God is calling me to act. As I work through this, I believe that God is saying there is some combination of acting and waiting. I wish I had that ratio figured out. It’s good to know that action on my part is involved because I never seem to have a problem taking action. The challenge for me is to increase the patience and waiting part of the equation.
How about you?