Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Wednesday, September 7, 2022



Text: “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. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” – James 5:7, 8.

Comment: In exhorting the people of God on patience, St. James drives his point home with the case of the farmer who has to wait patiently for the grain to grow and mature; the farmer can neither control the sun nor the rain and so has to work and be prayerful.  So also, in one’s businesses, one has to be realistic, patient and prayerful, for there are several factors outside one’s control. It is common knowledge that the height attained today by scientists in science and technology and other areas of knowledge were not achieved overnight but over thousands of years, especially in this age when “knowledge shall be increased”. – Daniel 12:4.


God did not drive the gentiles from the land of promise overnight but promised to do so gradually.  See Exodus 23:29-31. Also, the Bible shows that the Kingdom organizations in different parts of the world will not take over the earth immediately they are set up but would rise gradually. (Matthew 13:31,32; Isaiah 9:7; 11:9) But why do human beings want to get everything within a short time, even by human standards? The Holy Bible exhorts us thus, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”  – Psalm 126:5, 6.