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.
Rebecca J. Laird is an Associate for Spiritual Development at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, New Jersey. She is the author of Leslie Weatherhead’s The Will of God Workbook and has contributed to 365 More Meditations for Women and 365 Meditations for Mothers of Young Children. She also coauthored with her husband, The Heart of Henri Nouwen: His Words of Blessing. Rebecca's most recent contribution has been to the Sisters Series with Unfailing Love: Growing Closer to Jesus Christ.