James 5:7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
Seed: a plant’s unit of reproduction, capable of developing into another such plant.
Patience is a necessary thread that connects my mind to the idea of comparing faith, seed and farming. James has been challenging me through this whole book as I’ve considered my √ list of traits for a believer. Patience wasn’t even on my list but I see that it may well be the seed that reproduces the valuable crop of endurance, need, mercy, personality, relationships, integrity, prayer and happiness in life. Daily faith is more about seed gathering than crop production. Plant the seed you have, pray for rain and stand firm. The Lord will produce the crop.