Waiting for the Yield

May 15, 2023 | Growing in God's Grace

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming.
See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop,
waiting for the autumn and spring rains.
James 5:7


I have been writing about Spring, and life, and all things beautiful lately.

This morning I came across James chapter five verse seven.

We can learn many lessons from farmers.

One is how to wait.

Waiting is defined according to the Oxford Language Dictionary as “the action of staying where one is or delaying action until a particular time or until something else happens.”

For most people the waiting is hard, we lack patience.

Look at the farmer, though sometimes also impatient, for an example on waiting.

The result of waiting is yielding, so let us look at the meaning here.

Now “Dictionary. Com,” defines “yield,” as, “to give forth or produce by a natural process in return for cultivation.”

I favour the definition provided by Miriam Webster, which defines yielding as, “to bear or bring forth as a natural product especially as a result of cultivation.”

The lesson learned from the farmer is to learn to wait in order to yield a crop.

The farmer learns to wait for spring rains and autumn rains.

As he waits, the crops grow, and then eventually yields its fruit.

We live in an instantaneous society. We can go to a drive-through fast-food restaurant to eat.

Individuals don’t even want to get out of the car and sometimes prefer to go to a drive-through bank.

In this present time people dislike waiting, nor do we do things slowly.

Fast-paced living should have been eradicated through some lessons learned during the years 2020 to 2022.

However, it appears we still prefer a breakneck pace.

People’s health and families are suffering. For what?

We do not wish to wait.

We prefer instant gratification to waiting.

For today I will aim to remember to wait. Will you make it a goal to learn this virtue as well?

Did you know that there are one hundred and sixteen references to the term waiting in the Bible?

That number will vary according to which google answer you click on.

If you look in your Bible word references at the back of your Bible, if your Bible includes this, you will find many Bible Verses on the theme of “wait” and “waiting”.

Waiting is a spiritual discipline.

I remember first learning more on this theme in my journey with the LORD.

Looking up Bible Verses about waiting is a good action to take in learning to wait.

Meditate on those Bible Verses. Perhaps pick some favourites and write them out on recipe cards. Post them where you will see them as a reminder of what they say.

God’s Word is always a good focus to remind us of what to do.

Waiting doesn’t come naturally to most of us.

On this Spring Day in May, I thought this Bible Verse on waiting to be perfect for a Monday morning.

What are you waiting for?

Can you picture the harvest at the end of what this virtue of waiting will yield?

I believe God’s goodness will rain down on those who learn to wait and yield to God’s plan.

And let us praise Him and thank Him for teaching us to wait.

Won’t you join me in saying today…

“I give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart;

I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

I will be glad and rejoice in you;

I will sing the praises of your name,

O Most High.”

Psalm 9:1-2





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