11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
James 5:11 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
James 5:11 (MSG)— 11 What a gift life is to those who stay the course! You’ve heard, of course, of Job’s staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That’s because God cares, cares right down to the last detail.
James 5:11 (NLT) — 11 We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy.
Thoughts Of Devotion:
Thank God for all the great examples that the Bible gives us of men who have persevered in their trials and struggles. His Word even invites us to consider their lives and take them as an example for our lives. One such example was Job, a man who, as many know, went through a lot, but the end was much better than its beginning. We see God’s blessing in His entirety, but only after going through everything. “And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”(Job 42:10).
This morning, in the same way we all desire God’s best in 2016, we must also be willing to go through the many tests we might find ourselves today. We need to understand that without the process, there will never be a glorious end! Most people many times just want the end of the Lord, but don’t want anything to do with the testing process! We must always believe that God is in control in the midst of everything we’re going through. We must learn to bless the Lord at all times, as declared by Job, And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”(Job 1:21).
Believe this morning that better times are coming, the best times of our lives will be in 2016! If only we persevere in God. We learn that Job was not moved by his circumstances or by the many losses durning the countless tests that he faced alone. On the contrary, Job had the strength, patience, perseverance to keep going, even when others discouraged him! In Job 2:10, it tells us, “But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.”
Let us stand firm on this day, Let us not hesitate by the circumstances we are going through. God promised us that “The Best is Yet to Come” His promise is real and true. God does not lie! We just have to continue towards the goal, moving towards 2016 remaining in the process that He has for our lives. Certainly the end of the Lord shall be glorious for us!
Job 1:21 (NKJV) — 21 And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Job 1:22 (NKJV) — 22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
Job 2:10 (NKJV) — 10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Exodus 34:6 Version (NKJV) — 6 And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth,
Proverbs 23:18 (NKJV) — 18 For surely there is a hereafter, And your hope will not be cut off.
Psalm 37:37 (NKJV) — 37 Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; For the future of that man is peace.
1 Peter 1:6 (NKJV) — 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,