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Have you ever waited for someone for any length of time? I don’t mean waiting for someone to show up when they are 15 minutes late. I mean really waited for someone. I think of the women who waited back home when their husbands and fiancés went off to war. Some of you may have experienced such waiting in your own family. What is it that keeps a woman in waiting for her fiancé while he is overseas fighting? Love? Yes. There must be love, but there must be something more as well. She must have faith that someday he will return. In order for that woman to wait patiently for her fiancé to return, she must truly believe that he will return.

James gives us the encouragement to do the same. “You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” We can be patient; we can stand firm, because we truly believe that He is coming back for us. And His coming may be today, praise God, or it may be years after we are all gone from the earth. The issue is not about when He will come, it is that He will come. We can be patient because He will come.


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