27th February 2018

The Patience of Job 

“For examples of patience in suffering, look at the Lord’s prophets. We know how happy they are now because they stayed true to him then, even though they suffered greatly for it. Job is an example of a man who continued to trust the Lord in sorrow; from his experiences we can see how the Lord’s plan finally ended in good, for he is full of tenderness and mercy.”
James 5:11 (TLB)

The patience of Job is regarded as one of the most gracious virtues in a man. How can anyone endure patiently what Job went through—what he had to endure? One of the last things, if not the last, that people are known for is patient endurance. Many have little tolerance for pain and even less for discomfort.

Job endured a succession of tragedies that robbed him of his health, wealth, and family. Job could have easily lost his faith and his sanity. But Job endured. No wonder then that James said Job is an example of a man who endured patiently. Job could not see God’s plan for him, and a lesson for us, while sitting on an ash heap scratching himself with a piece of pottery, not to mention the words from his wife, which were not very encouraging! Then came his friends, which Job described as ‘miserable comforters.’

From Job’s experience we see how the Lord’s plan finally ended in good. Through all of Job’s suffering he could say these beautiful and uplifting words, “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that he will stand upon the earth at last. And I know that after this body has decayed, this body shall see God! Then he will be on my side! Yes, I shall see him, not as a stranger, but as a friend! What a glorious hope!” (Job 19:25-27).

Even if we are spared the trauma Job experienced, we still need hope to focus on. We should consider the farmers—“Now as for you, dear brothers who are waiting for the Lord’s return, be patient, like a farmer who waits until the autumn for his precious harvest to ripen. Yes, be patient. And take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near” (James 5:7-8). The real harvest that begins at the Lord’s return.

Prayer
Dear Lord, thank you for the glorious hope we have in Jesus Christ, so we can say like Job “I know that my redeemer lives.” In Jesus’ Name.
Amen

Study by Dennis Payne

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About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:   london@gracecom.church

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