Devotional – James 5

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. 10 As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

Suffering is never fun and it certainly is not something any of us desire to have in our lives. Never the less, suffering is a part of all of our lives. Ever since the Fall humanity has had to live with the curse of sin which has given us disease, decay and death. We have had to succumb to the weakening of our bodies through age, to endure devastation from natural disasters and to suffer at the hands of the wicked. James knows all this, as does or Lord and Maker Jesus Christ, and his word to us is to endure in patience, but why? James tells us because there is a day coming when Christ will return. Our hope is found in the one who will one day come back to this earth first as Judge of all the nations, but then he will create a new heavens and earth for all those who patiently endured in this life and put their hope in him. A place where there will be no more suffering, no more pain, no more tears and most of all no more death. This is not a pie in the sky kind of hope in an attempt to escape this world, but a hope that is based on the revealed Word of God, a hope that is based in the promises of God, a hope that has been passed on to us from those of great faith like Job who knew that his Redeemer lived and his hope was in him. So do not despair in your suffering as difficult as it may be for we know, as Paul says, that the sufferings in this life is not worth comparing to the glory that will one day be revealed to us. Amen.

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