Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
Gomes begins by distinguishing between "the plausible lies" that our culture tells us about the good life, and "the fantastic truths" that alone can bring true and abiding happiness. He shows how "the plausible lies" work together to form a powerful cultural narrative, based on the allure of riches and power, a blind faith in science, and the desire for personal happiness, freedom, success, and immortality. Working through each of these unquestioned values of modern life, he challenges us to find a new vision of what is good and worthy in life. Advice for living directed to both young and old, The Good Life is an important book about the truths that sustain us even in times of great adversity.