April 3, 2019

James continues to roll along with his theme of Real Faith is faith in action.

James 5:7–8 (NLT) — 7 Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. 8 You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.

We have all heard predictions, even down to the day, when Jesus would be coming back. I personally don’t know of any farmers, and neither did James, who stopped their of cycle planting and harvesting to wait for the day to come. No, real farmers keep doing what real farmers do > they plant and wait for the harvest. They continue on in their day to day duties. If the Lord comes great if he doesn’t great, they will still be able to carry on because they planted and because they planted they will get a harvest.

Real faith keeps doing what real faith does, it continues to trust God and do good. It doesn’t alter it’s schedule on a whim of what might happen. If the Lord comes great and if he doesn’t great, faith will still be intact and others will continue to experience its goodness and Real faith will continue to reap a harvest of goodness.

Cleo has some friends who are pastors, a husband and wife team, and they bought into the idea years ago that the Lord would be coming back before they reached retirement age so they opted out of social security and didn’t invest the money they would have paid in social security. Well today they are in their 70’s with no savings, no social security and they have to continue to work full time to make a living. Without having Real faith, when it came to putting aside for the future, they interrupted the cycle of life of planting and harvesting in the area of money and now there is no harvest.

Martin Luther expressed the idea of Real faith when he said, “If I knew that tomorrow was the end of the world, I would plant an apple tree today! In other words, “Nothing is going to interrupt my living for the Lord.”

Remember Real faith is a faith of action. It doesn’t let itself get discouraged instead it is patiently courageous and it acts right up to the very end. How are you doing today?

Luke 18:8 (NLT) — 8 I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”


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  1. Mary Anne A Frank says

    I have pondered “faith” my whole life. Scripture tells us it is a gift. It is not something we can conjure up. Over ther years I have seen people trying to conjure up faith by testing God. If God doesn’t respond in the way they want then they beat themselves up saying ‘I don’t have enough faith’. Or worse others accuse them of not really believing. Paul tells us that we all are given a measure of faith and that we should use that measure to serve God not try to make Him our puppet. As we serve Him our faith grows. We see God in the little things . Faith is believing even when we don’t understand. God is looking for people who are steadfast even in the midst of trials.

  2. When life unraveled for me in my twenties I became a single mom. I was given the apple tree quote which I have never forgotten probably because apples are my favorite fruit. It seemed like a long road for awhile no doubt, but I have had many blessings from planting that tree of faith in the midst of my trials. It was always a hope of mine that I would have a real apple tree one day so I would always be reminded of God’s goodness when we have faith in Him. Well, he gave us three mature apple trees which bare a treasure trove of sweetness and we’ve planted three more since. I eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen…spiritually and physically…yum!