Day 18

December 15

December 15

James 5:7-10

7 Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. 8 You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! 10 As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

Our Reward is Coming

by Gracie Kelliher, Baylor University senior and Student Body President

As the end of the semester approaches, it is easier to become impatient with and critical of our circumstances. In this passage, James is speaking to people who are extremely discontented with their own circumstances. They have suffered at the hands of the rich and boastful and are growing weary. They have been oppressed, harmed and feel hopeless.

James emphasizes patience in dealing with hardship, for the people who hurt them will be judged by the Lord’s coming. He uses the analogy of a farmer to highlight how harvesting crops is a process that requires time, investment and patience in order to reap the reward. This can be applied to our lives in a season that may feel as though we are diligently working with no reward. Life, and especially college life, is fast-paced.

Transitioning out of a virtual year has been tiring, overwhelming and an adjustment some of our student body didn’t know how to make. This message reminds us to find rest in waiting on the Lord because our reward of an eternity with Him is coming. James is telling the people to strengthen their hearts, depend on the Lord & endure the difficult situation they are facing. Jesus is coming back to bring righteousness, restoration and rejuvenation.

When we are dealing with adversity, it is easy to find someone to blame. It is easy to complain about things that do not go our way and to speak negatively. However, patience requires the capacity to suspend our criticisms and complaints. James uses this as a warning that we are not to speak ill about one another but lean on the Lord for our source of sustainability. He knows that the world and its people are flawed. There are many things that are worthy of complaint, but there is so much more to be hopeful of. What is beyond our current situation, beyond earthly concerns, is so much better than we can imagine.

Whether you feel like you are in a time of waiting, suffering or hopelessness, do not lose sight of the ultimate source of joy: Jesus. My prayer this week is that you take the opportunity to find joy in whatever circumstance you are in. Be patient with those who you may be quick to find fault with, and fix your eyes on what is eternal.

Learn More About Our Guest Writer

Gracie KelliherGracie Kelliher, Baylor University senior and Student Body President

Gracie Kelliher is a senior Marketing major from Sierra Vista, Arizona, who is serving as the Student Body President for the 2021-2022 academic year. She has been involved in Student Government for the past three years as a senator on Campus Improvements and Affairs, Operations and Procedures, and Diversity and Inclusion Committees, and also served as External Vice President prior to this year.

Gracie is committed to supporting students and organizations in their time at Baylor. Her main areas of focus for this year include: Student Government’s accessibility to student organizations, advocacy on behalf of students to faculty and administration, increasing accountability within Student Government by restructuring roles and procedures, and applying consistent turnover to solidify the foundation for Student Government in years to come.