James 5: 7-12…. Suffering

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. Comment: We are not as Christians in ‘it’ for the short haul. As farmers don’t plant today and crop tomorrow, we have a whole life to live in faithfulness (until we die) or until Christ returns. He is coming back!

Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. Comment: The Bible does not advocate against discernment but it is does condemn setting ourselves up in place of God as other peoples judge!

As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 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. Comment: The prophets were not welcomed in their truthfulness in bringing God’s message. Jeremiah was thrown into sewer pits, Isaiah, by commonly held truth was sawn in two having been roped into a hollow tree as it was sawn down. The story of Job is well cited. Stick to your stance in faith in God.

But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. Comment: Be dependably honest!

Prayer: Help me to learn these lessons well, my Lord.

One thought on “James 5: 7-12…. Suffering

  1. Thank you Barry for this message today. “Be patient for the coming of the Lord.” When I read those words this morning, I felt that they were just what I needed. A verse which comes to my mind is – “He who endures to the end will be saved.” We need to “keep on, keeping on” with this journey of life walking with the Lord each day, no matter what comes our way. Things are looking grimmer and grimmer here in Victoria, with the Premier following exactly the same pattern as Adolf Hitler before the second world war. Craig has been reading the history of the Jews before WW2 and the same pattern is emerging here in Victoria. So we who will not be vaccinated, are in for a very hard time, I believe. But “if God is for us, who can be against us” Rom. 8:31. God bless you and Robin and your family.

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