Patiently Plugging Along
Verse 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.
Yesterday we looked at how we should be patient in suffering and today James points out the most popular example of patience, Job.
Many use the phrase about having the patience of Job but few would want to become as patient as Job was or go through the means at which his patience was developed. We finished our time together yesterday with the reminder that James talked about choosing joy in our trials because of the character muscles that the trials of life can help us develop.
While thankfully most of us will never lose all our children, homes and barns, servants and even friends, by the end of his book we can see the growth that God brought to Job’s life as he trusted God through the pain and heartache. Even Job’s wife urged him to curse God, Job refused because of his deep commitment to God (Job 2:9-10). Through it all Job tried practicing patience. Does this mean he never asked, “why God?” Of course not, but Job’s questioning God wasn’t about “how could You do this to me” but was more of a “what are You trying to do through this God?”
Too often we think that God will protect us from all harm and pain but God doesn’t keep us from everything that comes along. He doesn’t allow things to happen that aren’t for our growth, specifically growth in our relationship with Him but there are things He knows will be for our ultimate good. James points out how Job’s trust in God was a patient faith that even if it wasn’t in this life, God would bless him (Job 27:1-4). And though Job starts drawing from his own righteous acts as a reason that God shouldn’t allow such things to happen to him, a friend points out that it is not Job’s actions that matter because it isn’t Job’s plan that matters (Job 35:1-2).
Job was reminded of the one thing we all need to remember, God is sovereign. His being sovereign is revealed by His constant faithfulness, even in the midst of our trials. God did replenish all that had been taken from Job, even doubling what he had before. We can walk patiently with God, persevering through the trials of life too because we know He will be as faithful with us as He always has been in the past.
Making It Personal
What is a lesson you have learned through the trials of your life? Have your trials drawn you closer to God and His Word? What is something that you need to learn to patiently endure right now?
Making It Personal Kids
How far away is Jesus when you are having a bad day? Do you learn about Jesus during the hard times? What could Jesus want you to learn?
Father, thank You for Your faithfulness to us. Thank You for desiring to strengthen us to be stronger in our relationship with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.