James writes a letter to suffering Jewish Christians, the twelve tribes scattered among the nations (James 1:1). James begins and ends his letter with instructions concerning their sufferings and trials. He reminds them of the importance of faithful and patient perseverance in the midst of these trials:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. . . . Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! (James 1:2–7; 5:7–9)
We often fall prey to the idea that we are waiting on circumstances or other people to change. What I mean is; we find ourselves waiting on the rain to rain, the snow to snow, a train to come, or a plane to go, to borrow from Dr Seuss, and so, we forget that what we await as Christians is really – our Lord’s Coming. Amen, come Lord Jesus!