The reading for today is James 5:11.
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.
This verse from James is preceded by verses that urge us to wait on the Lord. The verses promise that being patient will be rewarded because Jesus is about to return to us. The promise of Jesus’ return is special because it does take patience, faith and a focus on the good around us. Human nature leads us to be impatient and if we are impatient, we tend to be unhappy and cause those around us to be unhappy. The questions that may pass through our mind is why he hasn’t come; when is He going to get here, etc., etc., etc., etc.? Those types of questions are the reason that the author cautions us to think about the good that came to Job because he focused on his faith. Even when Job’s existence turned dark, he continued his life with unwavering faith assured that God would not abandon him.
The second coming is filled with promise for us because the promise of eternity is so magnificent. James cautions us to wait and not view the waiting as negative even though we may be tested by our earthly life. For the Lord is full of compassion and mercy. Our waiting for the Lord will be rewarded because the Lord loves and wants to be with us. If we focus on the promise the wait will be rewarded.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father thank-you for our lives here on earth and the promise of life with you in eternity. Amen
Rob Carrothers firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern – Lord, give us patience.