Patience In Difficult Times
James opens his next challenge as we live out our faith with a clear mandate...
James Illustrates Patience With the Farmer
James Give an Example of Patience With the Prophets and Job
But patience is far too passive a word. There is a sense in which Job was anything but patient. As we read the tremendous drama of his life, we see him passionately resenting what has happened to him, passionately questioning the conventional arguments of his so-called friends, passionately agonizing over the terrible thought that God might have forsaken him. Few have spoken such passionate words as he did, but the great fact about Job is that, in spite of all the agonizing questionings which tore at his heart, he never lost his faith in God. ‘See, he will kill me; I have no hope’ (Job 13:15). ‘Even now, in fact, my witness is in heaven, and he that vouches for me is on high’ (Job 16:19). ‘For I know that my Redeemer lives’ (Job 19:25). Job’s is no unquestioning submission; he struggled and questioned, and sometimes even defied, but the flame of his faith was never extinguished.
The word used of him is that great New Testament word hupomonē, which describes not a passive patience but that gallant spirit which can confront the tides of doubt and sorrow and disaster and come out with faith still stronger on the other side. There may be a faith which never complained or questioned; but still greater is the faith which was tortured by questions and still believed.