James 5:10–11 (NIV): 10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 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.
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
This week, in James chapter 5 we’ve been learning about remaining patient in the midst of persecution and suffering and continue believing that the Day of the Lord’s return is imminent.
James knows it’s hard to wait and encourages us with examples of the Old Testament prophets in James 5 verses 10-11, “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.”
These prophets were real people, just like you and me, putting their lives on the line in God’s name. They delivered messages containing warnings from God and as a result, these prophets were ostracized and persecuted.
And yet, these men persevered and were counted as blessed.
And then James gives them the example of Job. Job was a very wealthy man. He endured incredible hardship. He lost his property, his children, and his health. And despite all of this, Job never lost his faith in God. Now, he did struggle. He did question God. But he never quit believing. And because of it, scripture says that God blessed his latter days more than his beginning.
My friend, there may be a day when you think God has forgotten you. But the truth is when you continue to stand strong through the storm and through the doubts, you will come out stronger on the other side of this storm and you will see that the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
Your simple truth for today: Persevere through times of suffering. And just like Job, continue to stand strong even in the midst of doubt and sadness and disaster, and you will come through this even stronger and more blessed than you were before.
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