James 5:7-8 – The Precious Fruit of the Earth

James 5:7-8
 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

-The world is bad and getting worse every day.  Why does the Lord allow it to continue?  The answer is given throughout scripture but is very beautifully worded here in James 5.  The Lord is waiting for the “precious fruit of the earth.” (v7)  He is waiting for all of the souls that will be saved between now and when He does return.  If the Lord decided to return early, He would be cutting off that number of souls who would have gotten saved had He waited.  The faster God comes, the faster He must pass judgment. But God is not quick to pass judgment; He is “longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

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