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Don’s Daily Devotions

Join us as we read the scriptures and a daily devotion written by Don Crisp. We pray these messages will bless us all at this time.

Thurs 9th July – James 5:10-12

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Thurs 9th July  –  Read James 5:10-12

V10:  Once more, he offers examples of believers who were patient under trials. referring first to the prophets generally. The OT reveals how many of them did indeed suffer for their faith and obedience, and Hebrews 11 offers a kind of summary. We too need to look to good examples, both in the Bible, in Church History, and in believers we know and have known – but more, God help us to be good examples!

V11: Those who are steadfast under trials are to be held blessed by God ( again, Matthew 5:10.) Now he cites the specific example of Job, truly patient under great trials and sufferings, but above all to point out God’s purpose in his sufferings, and the final revelation of His compassion and mercy. Often God’s ways seem strange to us, but we are called to trust and look to Him who is indeed the God of all grace.

V12:  Seemingly, as often in this letter, an abrupt change of focus, perhaps picking up the earlier emphasis on misuse of the tongue, here in the matter of using an oath to assert that we are speaking the truth ( This is not about an oath in a court of Law.) The point is that a Christian’s plain word should be enough, and be utterly trustworthy. ( See Matthew 5:33-37.)