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.- James 5:10–11
Scholar D.J. Moo, in his commentary on James, says of this passage, “Doing God’s will, James is suggesting, will often lead to suffering. What is needed is a willingness to bear up under the suffering, maintaining spiritual integrity and waiting patiently for the Lord himself to intervene to transform the situation.”
Wait patiently in suffering…
Patience can be defined as a state of emotional calm in the face of provocation or misfortune and without complaining or irritation. It’s one thing to wait, but patience is waiting in a state of emotional calm. That means not getting angry with others, not being consumed by worry, not speaking out in frustration with unkind words. There’s plenty more examples, but you get the idea. Patience, as a Christ-follower, is grounded in trusting the Lord’s compassion and mercy. In other words, Jesus knows your suffering, Jesus knows your pain, and Jesus is present to uphold you, sustain you, and strengthen you. He will take care of things.
Waiting patiently in suffering is about waiting on the Lord to accomplish what He desires in and through your suffering for His Kingdom. To practice patience is to further the Kingdom of God because you have committed to make your life about the work of Christ and not your needs. Whenever we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, God gets the glory. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit because it is evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit in you.
My friends, none of this is easy in normal situations. Now, perhaps more than ever, our patience is being tested as the challenges mount in this pandemic. Thankfully, God is not taken back or surprised by our circumstances. He is giving us opportunity to experience the riches of His grace as we wait upon Him…patiently.
I encourage you this day to pray for patience in the lives of your brothers and sisters in Christ at ECC.
Here are some other opportunities to connect this week:
Thursday March 26, April 2 – (6:30-7:30) REFIT® – Hosted by Brandie Back. This class is focused toward women. Click here to participate in REFIT
Friday, March 27 (6:00pm Launch) – “ECC Family Photo Scavenger Hunt” – Led by Miss Coleen. Details will be posted on Facebook. This will be a great activity for a few hours one evening or over the weekend as you look for objects that connect to stories of the Bible.
Sunday, March 29 – Sunday Morning Worship – Access at eatoncommunitychurch.org
Take care of yourself and take care of one another!