Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crops, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

In these verses, the farmer cannot see if the harvest will come.  He prepares the soil and plants the seeds, but the rest is mostly out of his control.  He must simply wait and trust for rain to come.  There is nothing he can do to force the harvest to grow or control when it ripens.  

In our lives there are many things out of our control.  This reality is very hard to live with.  Especially, in our American control which emphasizes independence and individuality.  We like to control things.  We do not like to rely on other people or circumstances. Our flesh fights against our need to depend on God as well.  Here we find our Father urging us to lean on Him.  To trust he will provide whatever we need.  He assures us He is the most faithful one.

Regardless of how dire our circumstances are, we must resist the temptation to take on the fight alone.  We must cling to our Father.  Even if it is beyond our understanding how he could provide for us in our circumstance, we must know He is not limited by any obstacle.  He will come through.  True patience comes from simply knowing who our Father is and walking confidently in dry seasons because we know he will bring the rain!

Father, I am afraid to lean fully on you.  I confess my tendency is to trust myself over you.  Fill me with your patience Father, that I may know confidently who you are so I may walk confidently in you regardless of the season I am in!  Thank you for always being faithful and always providing for me.

- John Meyne