Summary: This text tells us what it takes to be patient in this life. 1- Consider the farmer 2- Don’t grumble 3- Remember Job
INTRO.- ILL.- More and more doctors are running their practices like an assembly lines. One fella walked into a doctor's office and the receptionist asked him what he had. He said, "Shingles." So she took down his name, address, medical insurance number and told him to have a seat.
Fifteen minutes later a nurse's aid came out and asked him what he had. He said, "Shingles."
So she took down his height, weight, a complete medical history and told him to wait in the examining room. A half-hour later a nurse came in and asked him what he had. He said, "Shingles."
So she gave him a blood test, a blood pressure test, an electrocardiogram, told him to take off all his clothes and wait for the doctor. An hour later the doctor came in and asked him what he had.
He said, "Shingles." The doctor said, "Where?" He said, "Outside in the truck. Where do you want them?"
There may be two ways to look at this. First, that delivery man’s patience was certainly tested. Second, he wasn’t very smart or else he would have explained what kind of shingles he had.
Life is full of situations that test our patience. How about traffic? How about waiting at long traffic lights? How about people who drive through stop lights? How about waiting in a doctor’s office or a dentist office for hours? How about waiting in line to checked out on a busy day in the grocery store? How about making a long distance to call some company to get some information and they keep you on the phone, waiting for 30 minutes or more?
Life itself tests our patience. Don’t you get tired of being tired? Don’t you tired of this world? Don’t you get upset and angry at all the horrendous crimes that take place in our world and in America? Don’t you wish these things could come to an end? Don’t you wish at times that the Lord would come back and call an end to this sin-filled world? And do you know what is the last prayer recorded in the Bible?
Revelation 22:20 “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”
Can you pray that prayer and mean it? I have often felt that way but God knows best and does best. And apparently, the only reason He hasn’t sent Jesus back yet is because He is patiently waiting for more people to come to Christ and be saved. HE IS PATIENT BUT WE ARE NOT!
And doesn’t His patience tell us something about life? It tells me once again there is more to life than this life and God will set all things straight, He will correct all errors, He will make everything right in the next life. We may suffer for a season but there is a greater and better and longer season coming!
PROP.- This text tells us what it takes to be patient in this life.
1- Consider the farmer
2- Don’t grumble
3- Remember Job
I. CONSIDER THE FARMER
7 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. See how the farmer waits.