Persevering Faith

You have heard of Job’s perseverance.
                          —James 5:11

Most of us grew up hearing the phrase, “She has the patience of Job,” to describe someone who calmly faced adversity.

My reading of the book of Job shows him to be far from patient at times. He was agitated by his judgmental friends’ accusations and bitterly complained about God’s seeming unconcern about his suffering.

But despite his troubles, Job’s faith always prevailed. “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” (1:21). “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him” (13:15). “I know that my Redeemer lives . . . And after my skin has been destroyed . . . I will see him” (19:25–27).

Job continued to believe—even when he could not understand.

Don’t let the flame of your faith be extinguished.

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