“You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!” James 5:8-9
James had just given the example of a farmer in how he must patiently wait for the rains to come in order to get the desired harvest. Until the rains came there was trouble–drought. Now he tells all the believers to be patient and not grumble, because the Lord is about to return.
Grumbling is something that is easy for people to do, though many don’t call it grumbling. The word is changed to concern about something. Grumbling is muttering about something that happened or is happening that is not very fun to go through.
We like to grumble about what someone else did. We like to grumble about how things are going bad in our lives. We like to grumble about how we were treated unfairly. We like to grumble about the politicians. And the list goes on and on.
All this grumbling is just a form of judging. It is judging others and judging God. It is judging God in telling Him that He did wrong by allowing these bad things to happen in our lives.
All these things that we like to grumble about are things God has allowed into our lives for a purpose. They did not happen by accident and God is not out to hurt us or make our lives miserable. God wants to make each of us more like Jesus and He will use whatever it takes for that to happen. Jesus had troubles in His life, yet you never see Him grumbling about it.
We need to keep in mind that Jesus is about to return. If James was saying that His return was soon, and that was nearly two-thousand years ago, how much closer is it today?
When Jesus returns, will He find us grumbling about our circumstances?
Or, will He find us telling others about Him and see us searching and waiting for His return?
I pray today that we will wait for Jesus to return; that we will trust God in every circumstance; that we will not grumble against God or anyone else; that we will learn to be patient waiting on God; and that God will make us more like Jesus.