“Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.”James 5:4
I do not know many people who have the patience of a farmer. Without them we would have a major problem associated with the food supply. However, they are the ones who are quite dependent on the seasons running their course, and somehow, year after year sufficient food supply arrives in our markets.
There he was plowing up the ground, fertilizing, making sure that everything was just right. He had now to wait for the rain to arrive and repeat itself in intervals that would cause everything to grow “in its time.” In a more up to date setting we observe that his water supply is collected and dispersed according to the controlled growing and harvesting techniques.
Some of those involved in this process use excuses as to why the laborers have not received their due compensation. Greed takes over! When this happens, James says that the “outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabbath.” (v4) One cannot practice such deceit without the Lord observing their activity that involves the “precious produce of the soil”.
Now James turns his symbolic presentation to patience in light of the coming of the Lord. He says that His coming is NEAR. Even though this whole argument has been presented, still, be patient, inasmuch as the Lord is returning soon. He will enter the arena in such a way and time that your patience and endurance, like those of a bygone era, will surmount the trials through which you are going. Basically, that through which you are going will show itself in due time. The rain will descend and the Lord will strengthen you through this ordeal in His way and in His time.
“Be patient brethren, until the coming of the Lord!” It will not be long now!