A Word From The Pastor

No Endurance, No Happiness

May 22, 2016
Pastor Kaiser
James 5:10-11 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 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. 
   It is very comforting to see and to know the history of our Lord and of the work that He has performed through and with His people.  The Apostle James mentions the prophets as an example to remind us that we are not alone in our suffering and affliction.  Life is full of suffering and affliction.  Job 5:7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.  The greatest medicine, the greatest help to us for our suffering affliction is to read the Word of God and to see how God helped His people through their problems. 
   Probably the greatest lesson learned during these trials is patience.  We learn patience when circumstances arise that are displeasing to us and when there is absolutely nothing that we can do to make things better.  James references Job in the Scripture above as an example of patience.  When affliction came to Job his wife told him to curse God and die.   His friends told him how wicked he was and that God was judging him.  But Job maintained his testimony for the Lord through it all.  Job endured and was blessed for it.
   Now James said we count them happy which endure.  The word happy is found written twenty-eight times in the Bible.  Happy is the man that God correcteth.  Happy is the man that findeth wisdom.  Happy is he that trusteth the Lord.  Several times that word happy is used and also here by James.  But why is a person happy if they endure?  First of all because of the satisfaction that is found in not quitting.  Secondly because of the many great lessons learned which would have never been realized without enduring.  Thirdly because of the extra amount of the Grace of God that we get to experience; and the fourth reason we are happy if we endure is found in the verse above.  And ye have seen the end of the Lord.  Keeping things in context which has Job at the center, what was the end of Job’s story?  The Lord gave him twice as much as he had lost with children, livestock, and land.  Never once did Job wonder if it was worth it to endure; and God will make you happy too if you endure your afflictions.  No endurance; no happiness.