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8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness. 11 Look at how we honor those who have practiced endurance. You have heard of the endurance of Job. And you have seen what the Lord has accomplished, for the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
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Through centuries of use, James 5:11 in the King James Version of the Bible, published in 1611, left a phrase in the English language that we still use today (“the patience of Job”). In today’s English, there are better translations: “Job is not patient (Job 3; 12:1-3; 16:1-3; 21:4), but he did endure (Job 1:20-22). James challenges his readers to be like Job, to lead lives of endurance when faced with suffering.” *
Lord God, too often I’m like the young Christian who prayed, “God, I need patience—and I need it NOW!” Give me a character that can patiently endure when your eternal timescale is longer than I’d like. Amen.
“You also must wait patiently.” Wait patiently? That’s a muscle I barely use. In fact, most of the time I forget I even have a “wait patiently” muscle. My “react immediately” muscle, however, is very well developed. It automatically steps in before my brain even engages. In fact, my “react immediately” muscle pretty much rules my life.
Yet, what I know, deep in my bones, is that if I will slow down and pay attention to the unfolding of life, I inevitably see the Life-Giver at work. I get glimpses of grace, possibility, blessing.
In a world that demands instant reactivity, James advises waiting. In a world that grabs for quick fixes, James advises patient endurance. In a world that rewards outrage, James advises “do not judge.”
This following Jesus stuff is not easy. James makes that clear. But it is the Way of Life. I want to walk this path.
* Patrick J. Hartin, study note on James 5:11 in The CEB Study Bible. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2013, p. 460NT.
** Wright, N. T., Early Christian Letters for Everyone (The New Testament for Everyone) (p. 38). Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. Kindle Edition.