You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.
James closes his letter with words of encouragement every student of Jesus can appreciate. Be faithful because Jesus is near!
Every student of Jesus senses His presence. In every moment of life our Teacher has promised to be with us. To never leave or forsake us!
However, when circumstances of life bring trials, difficulties, tensions and troubles, we may be tempted to ask – Why is this happening to me? Is Jesus really near right now?
James reminds us that Jesus is near and that His coming is near – Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming.
Don’t give up. It won’t be long until the trial is past. It won’t be long until Jesus returns!
James counsels patience in our trials.
Having patience, as James uses the word, is more than remaining calm when things irritate us. The word literally means to stand up under the strain of a heavy load!
It is strength under pressure. The power to be faithful when it isn’t easy to do so!
It is also waiting, as a farmer waits for the rain. Not giving up, but trusting Jesus will stay ever near.
James also warns us not to grumble against one another. Isn’t that the tendency when things aren’t going well? We look for a scapegoat, someone to blame.
The One who is near, the One who is coming is also the judge of such behaviors - The Judge is standing at the door!
So persevere because the Lord is full of compassion and mercy. He knows our trials and will intervene on our behalf! Jesus is near!