April 4, 2019

James 5:9 (NLT) — 9 Don’t grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look—the Judge is standing at the door!

Real faith does not allow itself the luxury of being unloving towards others in the midst of difficult times. Real faith remembers that difficult times is the soil that endurance best grows in. Real faith also remembers that all of us will have to stand before the Lord and give an account of our actions. What a blessing and how freeing and uplifting it is to hang out with a person of Real faith. I imagine that is why many people liked hanging out with Jesus.

James 5:10–11 (NLT) — 10 For examples of patience in suffering, dear brothers and sisters, look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 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.

The prophets were men of Real faith. Consider Jeremiah > He was put in the stocks, (Jeremiah 20:2), thrown into prison, (Jeremiah 32:2), and lowered into miry dungeon, (Jeremiah 28:6). Yet he persisted in his ministry.

Job was a man of Real faith. Even though he suffered immensely from losing his children, his livelihood and his health he refused to listen to his wife and curse God. Even though it is extremely difficult Real faith holds on to the fact that the Lord is full of tenderness, mercy and kindness. Because of that Real faith has a different perspective on life’s difficulties.

Charles Spurgeon, “If a man were to attack me with a knife I would resist him with all my strength, and count it a tragedy if he succeeded. Yet if a surgeon comes to me with a knife, I welcome both him and the knife; let him cut me open, even wider than the knife-attacker, because I know his purpose is good and necessary.”

Real faith knows that God is the surgeon in the midst of trouble and that His purpose is for good not evil. We see the tenderness of the Lord in the way he restricted what Satan could do and he sustained Job through it all. We see His kindness because it all happened to make Job a better man just like the surgeon’s purpose is to make us better. At the end of story Job was wiser, humbler and more blessed than before. Who would have thought, right?

James is on to something with this Real faith isn’t he?

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