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.
Alex Joyner is author of Restless Hearts: Where Do I Go Now, God? (Abingdon Press), a curriculum on vocation for young adults. He is also the author of What’s in the Bible About Us? and What’s in the Bible About the Holy Spirit? (Abingdon Press). He is a published poet, photographer, and essayist on the online magazine Catapult.
Joyner is pastor of Franktown United Methodist Church on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. He has served as campus minister at the University of Virginia and in appointments in Virginia, Texas, and England. A regular writer for the FaithLink adult curriculum, Joyner began his career as a news director for a radio station. He teaches theology and church history as a summer faculty member at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas.