We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.
A significant component of the Christian walk is simply enduring. Get up, don’t quit, go to bed. Repeat. Again. And again.
One foot in front of the other doesn’t make for a very dramatic race, but it does get you down the road of endurance.
And we count those blessed who endured. I don’t ever really want to go through what they’ve gone through (just being honest), but I do want the blessings and life they have at the end of the road of endurance. I look at these enduring ones, and I see great hope, joy, peace, and fruit from their labors. They know Jesus in a way that I want to know Him. They are filled with fruit of the Spirit. In short, I want to grow up to be like them.
Romans 5 recounts for us what we get from endurance — proven character and a hope that does not disappoint. What great treasure! I want that! But Romans 5 says there’s only one way to get it–tribulation.
In the middle of tribulation, it brings comfort and strength to reflect on the truth in this verse from James–by keeping in mind the outcomes of the Lord’s dealings in other saint’s lives, we can take comfort in knowing that He will work our tribulations for good, too. It’s His nature–He is full of compassion and merciful.
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