When the time is right

See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord it at hand.  James 5:7-8

Hour Glass

Hour Glass (Photo credit: erikogan)

God‘s timing is always perfect. He parted the Red Sea when his people needed it most ~ when they were trapped between the rushing waters and an approaching army. God allowed the water to flow again, but only after Moses and the Israelites had made it safely across. God provided what the people needed at the precise moment that it would make the greatest difference.

From a human vantage point, it isn’t always easy to recognize that opportune moment. Waiting for God’s answer, when your own internal timer has already gone off, can make you feel as if God isn’t listening or he simply doesn’t care. When you find yourself in that situation, take a lesson from this important verse in James and put yourself in a farmer’s shoes. You can’t rush a perfect harvest or an answer to prayer. As a farmer waits for the fruit of his labor, he doesn’t just sit around complaining about how long the growing season is. He continues to work. He trusts God, and his patience grows right along with his fruit.

James provides a valuable tip for those who wait. He advises you to establish your heart, which means “to firmly plant your life and expectations in the fertile soil of God’s truth.” There is a bountiful harvest as certain as the fulfillment of God’s promises: the Lord will return; the hard times you face will end; and God will answer your prayers when the time is right.

The image of a patient farmer provides an encouraging visual picture for prayer. Picture every prayer as a seed planted in God’s will. As you wait, picture them ripening, trusting in God’s perfect harvest time.

~100 favorite Bible Verses

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