I know of a minister who told a committee person that they weren’t wanted in that congregation because he was blue-collar! That congregation lost a fine Christian who tithed his time and his wage. Who should we want in our congregation?
* Dear God, please write Your word on our hearts, plant it deep today and grow it, that we might be good soil and bear much fruit.
“As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.”
When we think of prophets, it’s often Moses, Isaiah and Jeremiah, Elijah and Elisha that come to mind.
But here James names Job.
Job is such a wonderful refreshing splash of water to our faces.
To know – He was a prophet who spoke the name of the Lord!
James makes the point of his steadfastness – Linking that with the purposes of God, the Lord’s compassion and mercy.
Let us today be encouraged by and convicted with the example of the prophets, how they suffered and were patient, submitting themselves under the mighty hand of our Father in heaven.
And let us remember Job, who longed for that better country when he said,
“And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God,”
As with Job, this is for us to hold on to!
* Dear God,
Please remind us of the patience of the prophets as they suffered for Your sake.
Please help us to be strong and courageous in You as they were.
Each day, please make us more like Jesus.