Tuesday, July 25 | Patience in Suffering
Read James 5:7–11
Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 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 read about God’s patience. We used the words “long-suffering” and “long-spirited.” As the apostle Peter said in the passage we read yesterday, God is not slow in keeping His promise that Jesus will return, but rather, He is patient because of His desire for everyone to repent and receive His grace and forgiveness. As James instructs us in today’s passage, we are called to be patient in our lives on this earth, where things are not as they should be, as we wait for Jesus’ return. How do we bear the burden and weight of this world? We hold onto hope as the farmer does, waiting for each harvest. We refrain from taking out our frustration and fear on each other. We persevere even in the face of violence, destruction, and uncertainty.
- Reflect for a couple of minutes on the burdens you are carrying because the world is not as it should be—maybe those burdens related to things in your own life or family or work; maybe they relate to tragedies in the country or the world. What does patience in the midst of whatever you identified look like?
- What are some ways you have taken (or continue to take) out your frustration, fear, or uncertainty on other people? Is there anyone from whom you need to seek forgiveness?
God, the tragedy and despair in this world can be so overwhelming. As I read or watch the news, there is so much pain, destruction, and suffering. I long for Your return, Jesus. And yet, I long for every person to come to know You and put their trust in You. Fill me with patience—the patience that allows me to endure over a long period of time. May I be a light to those who don’t yet know You and focus not on what’s wrong, but on how I can continue to encourage and build up others for Your sake. Amen.
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