A Daily Dose of Good News
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
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Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Indeed we call blessed those who showed endurance. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. Above all, my beloved, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “Yes” be yes and your “No” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.
The imperative statement to “be patient”
Has always seemed a little counter-intuitive to me.
I mean, you either a patient person or an impatient person, right?
Some people are born with the trait;
Others of us are not …
With most all of us likely aligning ourselves
Among the impatient segment of the population.
I can’t wait until we are singing again in worship.
I can’t wait for the tomatoes to ripen.
I can’t wait for the next soccer match.
I can’t wait for the girls to come home from overseas.
I can’t wait for our ailing church friends to get well soon!
Further reflection on James encouragement
Raises a couple perspectives that might actually help
Impatient people to grow in their patience.
Be patient, James says, … for the coming of the Lord.
And given the Lord’s reliability for coming in the past,
We can take stock in the promise of the Lord’s coming again.
The Lord comes to save the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt.
The Lord comes in the Messiah Jesus who suffered, died,
Was raised and ascended with the promise to one day come again
Even beyond his presence in Word and Sacrament
And community that gathers in his name in the meantime.
The Lord is good for keeping the promise to come again
And faith in the promise can be a meaningful aid to our patience.
We trust that the Lord is going to come through for us again.
Then too, James encourages us not to grumble in the meantime.
Don’t grumble against one another with a spirit of judgment
You might also take stock in all the reasons
That you have no reason to grumble —
Instead being grateful for all you have in the present moment
While you are being patient for the Lord to come:
Health, safety, food and drink, friendships,
Perhaps even the beauty of creation.
So even the impatient can grow in their patience
Through faith that the Lord always keeps the promise to come and
Through gratitude over grumbling,
For all the Lord’s blessings at your disciple in the present moment.
While you wait. Amen