APRIL 4: BEFORE AND AFTER

BEFORE AND AFTER
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"Be patient therefore, brethren, until 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; establish your hearts; for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh."
James 5:7-8

Today's Read: James 5; Psalm 27
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We are an impatient people.
We are a proud people.
We are an independent people.
We like convenient quick fixes and fast solutions;
We like short waits and lofty outcomes.
We like the sun to shine and the rain to fall to the measure we like and on the day we desire and we get all mixed up in between.
God has more on his mind.
Hmmm ...
Steeped in the core of James 5 is a simple message about the lofty and lengthy virtues called patience and endurance;
 the forerunners to the "early and latter" rains which God supplies.
"Consider what encouragement here is for Christians to be patient. Look to the example of the husbandman. When you sow your corn in the ground, you wait for many months for the former and latter rain, and are willing to stay till harvest for the fruit of your labor. Consider him that waits for a crop of corn; and will not you wait for a crown of glory? If you should be called to wait a little longer than the husbandman (farmer) does, is it not worth something proportionably greater and infinitely more worth your waiting time?"
-Matthew Henry
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The blessing of the "early and latter rains" will attend and fall sure on the soul steeped in Him. How they come and when they come is not up to us to decide.
It is the work of God to send the rains as He will, but it is the promise of God and to the glory of God that they will surely come.
Both the "before and after" will be "looked after" by the Father.
They are His responsibility and not yours.
Burrow yourself in Him,
Steep yourself in Him,
Secure yourself to the safety of His word ...
And lift up your head,
And feel the rain.
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"Wait on the Lord and be of good courage; and He shall strengthen thine heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord."
Psalm 27:14