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“Be patient, brothers, till the coming of the Lord. And look, the farmer’s waiting for the precious fruit out of the earth. Be patient until it drinks the first and later rains. Be patient. Gather strength, make your hearts firm. Drawing near is the coming of the Lord. And brothers, do not groan against each other for fear you may be judge. And look, the judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, see the prophets who spoke in the name of God.” (Yaakov 5:7-10, Restored New Testament, Barnstone)
Four times, in a span of four verses, Yaakov pleads in his letter that his readers be patient. The patience he is referring to involves matters of survival and future redemption. The patient farmer is awaiting his livelihood, and the patient prophets await the word of God to come to pass. It is worth noting that some prophets died in their patience while others only saw the fruit at the end.
Many things come into our lives that are simply out of our control. When a drunk driver runs the red light perpendicular to your car, when a hurricane comes and rips through your neighborhood, or when a rare cancer rears its ugly head, we all sense the uncertainty and fragility of our lives. So, what basis do we have for thinking everything is going to “be okay?” Rav Shaul has an answer to our question: