James 5:7-9
Suffering? How long must we wait?

What are you waiting for? What is the thing in your life that you want to see change or come to pass? Maybe you are waiting to finish schooling, or get married, or wanting to become a parent? Or maybe you are waiting for a job opportunity, an advancement in your career or retirement? Or maybe you are waiting for better health? What are you waiting for? James 5:7-11 urges patience and perseverance in the face of persecution and suffering. The passage begins with an exhortation to be actively patient, like a farmer who waits for the fruit of the earth to ripen. He encourages us to not give up and fight the good fight because God’s blessing is coming. Yet, our default response is, “How long must we wait?”