SERIES: When You Have More Hang-ups than a Coat Rack
James 5:7-11 NIV
7 Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.
8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.
9 Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
11 As you know, we consider 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.
- Patience is not giving up on difficult people
- Perseverance is not giving up on difficult problems
Patience is a combination of two words – macro-thermos which means slow heat
Patience Quotient Tests
Times when Christians are tempted to quit
- When circumstances are uncontrollable (v. 7)
- When people are unchangeable (v. 10)
- When problems are unexplainable (v. 11)
Job 1:15-19 NIV – 15 and the Sabeans attacked and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” 16 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the sky and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” 17 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” 18 While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 19 when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
Job 42:12-16 NIV – 12 The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. 15 Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers. 16 After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation.
Reasons why I should stop trying
- Because God is in control (vs. 8-9)
- God is working things out (v. 11b)
Philippians 2:13 NIV – for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
Romans 8:28 NIV – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
- God rewards patience (v. 11a)
How to Wait – Wait
- Quietly (vs. 9, 12)
Habakkuk 2:3 NIV – For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
Micah 7:7 NIV – But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.