Theme: PRAYING AND WAITING ON THE LORD ALWAYS
Text: “Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” – James 5: 10,11.
Comment: When we pray, it is expected that we should have perfect patience to await God’s answer. James the apostle specifically mentioned “the patience of Job” for us Christians to emulate. Job had 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 she-asses but these were carried away by Sabean pirates. His 7000 sheep and shepherds that kept them were burnt up by a strange fire brought by the devil, which the messenger wrongly called the “fire of God”. Job had 3000 camels but lost them at the same time when the Chaldeans came in three bands, took them away and slew the servants. Lastly, his most important possessions, his seven sons and three daughters all died when the house in which they were feasting fell on them. (Job 1: 13-19) Because he was steadfast, God blessed the latter end of Job more than the beginning. – Job 42:12-16.
The Psalmist stated: “Rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him…Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.” – Psalm 37: 7, 3-5.
It is the worshipper who patiently does the will of God that will receive His promised blessings. But if one becomes despondent and draws back from the Lord’s service, one will lose everything, including salvation.