We have become an instant-loving society. It began many years ago, when the telephone made real-time, two-way communication possible. Then the mobile phone meant we could have the phone with us everywhere.
In the area of food, it probably began with sliced bread. Then vending machines and fast food restaurants sprang up to serve food in a few minutes. Add to that instant mashed potatoes, instant pudding, instant coffee and all the other instant foods. Then of course, there’s the microwave – a few seconds to make popcorn or heat a bit of food.
With all the “instant” things in our lives, it is a wonder we have any patience at all. But one place we have never developed an instant version is agriculture. We still have to plant seeds and wait for them to sprout and grow. It can be weeks or even months before a harvest can be gathered. You have to have patience to grow crops.
You also have to have patience to allow the Lord to complete his work. James 5:7-8 says, “Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.”(NIV) So, may you be patient with others as you wait patiently for God to complete his work!
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