James has been encouraging us to be patient – with our problems, with the Lord, and with our fellow Christians. Yesterday, he gave the example of the great patience shown by the Old Testament prophets. Today, his illustration will be the patience of Job…
Behold, we consider those blessed who remain steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. (James 5:11)
Job lost his kids, his wealth, and his health. His wife told him to curse God and die. His friends said he must have sinned. Satan was trying to make Job impatient with God. Job surely was distraught – he cursed the day he was born (Job 3:1ff.) – but he never cursed God or turned away from Him. The result of his patience was that he met God in a new and deeper way, and enjoyed great blessings again on the other side of his trial.
Today’s Good News is that if we know Jesus, our suffering is only temporary, and it will draw us closer to Him.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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