James 5:11,15a NIV 2011
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.
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well.
James was a leader of the church in Jerusalem and predominantly addressed the Jewish Christians. Writing to those who may have scattered after Stephen’s death, he continued to emphasize Christian characteristics; faith in action followed by good deeds reflecting their faith. Even though there was persecution, they were blessed. Matthew 5:10, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Job persevered through everything. Job 1:22, “In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” The Old Testament is filled with God’s mercy. The Lord hears the prayers of the faithful. Jesus is the One who heals the sick.
Sometimes the road we travel contains a few twists and turns. The book of Job contains information of a godly man that faced one twist after another. He was steadfast and persevered without reservation. There are times when uncertainty reigns and a decision needs to be made on my twisty road of life. Each one of us has a sin problem that can lead to those detours in the road. Jesus is my daily answer and heals my sin sickness.
What sickness does Jesus need to heal?
Healed by Jesus,