“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning—yes, more than those who watch for the morning” (Psa. 130:5, 6).
Our modern society is in a hurry all the time. If it is not fast food, it is on-demand videos. I like these things as much or more than anyone else. I am always “busy.” Yet, it does me well, and would others, to be patient, especially with the Lord and His promises. The Psalmist recognized this.
The Lord works things out in His own time, not ours. His ways are not our ways (Isa. 55:8, 9). He used ten plagues to break Pharaoh’s grip on the Hebrews. He did not do it after 1, though He could have. He did not even use seven or eight, but ten. Why? He had His reasons, including a thorough show of His power over Pharaoh.
The Father sent the Son in “due time” (Rom. 5:6). The Savior could have appeared soon after Adam and Eve were tossed from the Garden. Or, He might have been sent shortly before the flood. He didn’t even wait until modern times with all our effective communication methods. Rather, God determined the best time was during the days of the Roman Empire.
Moreover, the gospel was revealed in “due time” (Titus 1:1-3). The Lord revealed the gospel bit by bit in the first century. The apostles did not receive the entirety of the New Testament on the day of Pentecost, though God surely could have done it. Instead, over time, the truth was made known among men until it was finally, fully revealed (Jude 3; 2 Pet. 1:3; cf. Jn. 16:13). Again, God had His reasons for this.
Saints will be exalted in “due time” (1 Pet. 5:6). God rarely removes a trial from us the instant we seek His help. More often than not, He gradually leads us through the trouble we are facing. This is true of temptation, hardships, sickness, and depression.
James exhorts us on patience. He told us to look at the farmer who patiently waits for the harvest (Jas. 5:7). He does not sow seed one day and look for the harvest the next, or even a week later. The farmer must go through the growing season, hoping and praying for rains at the right time. Then he can get to the point of it all, the harvest. We must bear fruit with patience (Lk. 8:15).
We are also given the prophets as an example (Jas. 5:10, 11). They faced more than we. If you read Hebrews 11:32-38, you will see what they went through. They did it with patience, and we count them as our heroes because of it. We do not exalt the impatient and those who give up on a worthy and noble task. Thus, if we want to be well-thought of, by man and God, we will endure with patience, trusting in God to carry us through.
Finally, James points us to Job (Jas. 5:11). What can be said? Job was a giant among men. His faith and patience exceeded the ordinary. To this day he gives us encouragement just by his example. He also gives us hope because in the end God blessed him greatly. We, too, will be blessed by God. We may not see it in this life, but His Word assures us we will see it in the next. We may be like Lazarus; hard life here, rest and comfort there (Lk. 16:19-31).
We gain patience and hope through the Word and the trials we endure (Rom. 15:4; Jas. 1:2-4). They build our faith in God, and as we look to Him as our Help, we will overcome.