Friday, December 6, 2019

James 5:10-11 NIV 2011

Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

Job is mentioned by name only once in the New Testament, here in the book of James. Job was not patient but rather he persevered. As a leader of the church in Jerusalem, James repeatedly reminded the members of the faith of the faithful that had gone before them. He continually called the faithful to persevere even in the face of difficulties that might be ahead. Persecution brings perseverance, which cannot stop those with the Spirit of God.

Between the Old and New Testament, we have vivid examples of those faithful who’ve persevered. I remember as a young teen reading through the book of Job and questioning, how can anyone keep on going when all those bad things are happening? Looking closely at Job, I see a man who persevered through all Satan threw at him. These are the same things James mentioned in his letter. Recalling what has happened in my past along with the faithfulness of God precisely propels me daily to persevere through any adversity that may come my way. 

How is He standing fast with us in those hard places?

Standing fast persevering,

S

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