[CF Devotionals] 2009-10-31 - Spirit’s Work

Part 4

James 5:11, “You have heard of the patience of Job.”

In our fourth look at the Spirit’s work in our lives, we look at patience. We certainly see an example of patience in the life of Job. We may not sit on ashes with boils on us as he did, but we all have trials and tribulations. We have losses and crosses in this life, and for such, Job sets us a good example. He did not know why he was suffering. He endured hard words from those who should have been his friends in the midst of his trial, and Job had to learn patience. He was not perfect in this, and because of this, we can learn all the more from his experience. He got a view of the glory of God that few of us will know this side of Heaven. We can learn from His patience under trial, “And he said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.’ Through all this, Job did not sin nor did he blame God,” Job 1:21, 22.

There are other examples in Scripture of the patience of the saints. Consider David, who had several opportunities to seize the throne of the kingdom of Israel from Saul – a kingdom promised to him – but he waited patiently for the Lord’s time. Consider also Joseph, who endured being sold into slavery by his own brothers, prison, and injustice at the hands of others, but says to his brothers upon meeting them again, “Do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life,” Genesis 45:5. Think of the patience of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who knew of the Promised Land. They waited for it, waited patiently, and died never seeing the fulfillment of the promise. Scripture gives us many illustrations of the patience of God’s people, and they are an example to us of this fruit of the Spirit.

But what about us? We are to be patient under the hand of God in our lives. We are to persevere in doing well – patiently. We are to root out sin and live unto righteousness – patiently. We are to commune with God’s people – patiently. We bear one another’s burdens – patiently. We are to wait upon the return of the Lord – patiently. What would our households be like, if we had this kind of character flowing in our veins? What would our churches be like? Our society? Our witness? Our communion with the Lord? We know it would be better.

Let me lastly commend to you the patience of Jesus. He is patience in perfection. He was perfection, and He lived with sinners. Can you imagine simply the temptations Jesus must have had, to simply lose His patience with foolish sinners? Yet, He is all patience with them in Scripture and with us today. He is our example. The mockery and scorn He endured at the hands of others was met with patience. His patience in His sufferings, death for our sin…it ought to come to mind, when we are on the edge of losing our patience, that Jesus (our example) was patient under greater trials.

Soli Deo Gloria,

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