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?
“As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.”
It’s really interesting who James names here. Job.
Thinking of prophets, it’s generally Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Elijah, Elisha, and all those that come calling Israel back to the Lord.
But Job is a wonderful refreshing splash of water to our faces.
He was a prophet who spoke in the name of the Lord!
And James makes a point of his steadfastness, and then how the purposes of the Lord and His compassion and mercy are seen.
We need to know our scriptures, the entirety of them. Old and New Testaments are all completely and utterly God’s word.
And as James exhorts us, let us be encouraged and convicted of the example of the prophets, how they suffered and were patient, submitting themselves under the mighty hand of our Father in heaven.
* Dear God,
Please help us to remember 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.