Persevere in a Season of Suffering
Posted: Monday, November 21
Verse of the day:
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 (NIV)
It’s not just one bad day or even a few rough weeks. It’s been a long stretch of tension and stress. This isn’t how it used to be. This isn’t where we thought this would lead.
When you’re in a season like that, what options do you consider?
Move to a different city.
Leave your spouse.
Quit your job.
Drop out of school.
When circumstances become difficult, we tend to look for a way out. It seems best. We believe life will be easier.
In our Life Together Wednesday Bible studies, we recently explored what it means to be blessed. We centered on the biblical theme that to be blessed is to be connected with God.
James says when it comes to those who are suffering, “we count as blessed those who have persevered” (James 5:10 NIV). Those who have persevered during times of suffering are connected with God. During these seasons we experience His “compassion and mercy” (v. 11).
We have a spiritual enemy who wants to bring division to your marriage, family, workplace, neighborhood, friend group and school.
We are sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father who wants to restore and rebuild that which is broken.
Many will abandon their walk with Christ when life becomes challenging.
James says we should do the opposite. When the weight of the world is on our shoulders, when our nights are sleepless, that is the time to press into God - asking for His strength to see us through.