The Blessing and Example of Perseverance

Today as we look towards the end of James, we are reminded once more of the importance of persevering through trials. And James reminds us that we have examples to follow. We are not to assume we are the first to have ever been through our experienced difficulties, persecutions, trials. In fact, far from it.

So rather than grumble and grow weary, or expect a life that we were never promised, instead we are to turn our attention to those who went before us. James specifically mentions the example of Job.

Let’s take a look today:

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.

Thoughts for Today

  1. What benefit is there to perseverance that James mentions here? In what ways might we experience this if we do persevere?
  2. Take some time today to remind yourself, or look over for the first time, what happened to Job. How can we take his example? What does this encourage us to do?
  3. What do we need to remember about God when we are facing trials? What characteristics do we need to remember he possesses so that we do not believe that God somehow has it in for us?

Prayers for Today

  • Let’s pray today for God’s guidance and wisdom in all our trials, that we would remember to look at those who went before us and persevered to the end.

Grace and Love

Helen x


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