James has been encouraging us to be patient – with our problems, with the Lord, and with our fellow Christians. In the next two verses, he will offer two Old Testament examples of patience…
As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. (James 5:10)
The Jewish audience to whom James wrote would have understood this illustration. The prophets were bold men who often didn’t have a lot of friends, because they spoke out against sin. What encouragement do we get from their example?
First, they were in the will of God, and yet they suffered. We may still suffer, even though we’re doing what the Lord wants us to do.
Second, God cares for us when we suffer for His sake. Elijah told King Ahab there would be a drought for 3½ years. Elijah also suffered in that drought, but God arranged for him to be fed by ravens.
The prophets were men who were patient under pressure. When we are patient under pressure, our friends see our Faith in Action!
Today’s Good News is that when we suffer, we are in good company. Many of God’s people have suffered before us, and God is always with us.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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