December 9 – Blessed to Persevere

It is virtuous to be patient, but often we desire patience and yet want to bypass the very thing that grows our patience best: suffering. It was the same for those in the early church, so James helped them remember a man who was familiar with both patience and suffering. 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. Job was blessed by persevering. The Lord is full of blessing, full of mercy, full of compassion. Hold tight to Him and to His promises. Nothing is wasted in our lives as we live out God’s Story trusting fully in Him. Job was blessed. So were countless others who have persevered, suffered, grew in patience and in doing so knew the compassion and mercy of God. It is now our generation; our turn. How will we choose to respond to suffering?

James 5:10-11 NIV