Passage: James 5:10–5:11
- James points the attention of the grumblers (5:9) to the godly testimony of the prophets and Job.
- James points the attention to the culmination of humble endurance, which is the blessing of God.
1A. THE EXAMPLE OF THE PROPHETS (5:10-11)
1B. The record of their suffering, verse 10.
1C. THE EXAMPLE OF THEIR SUFFERING
2C. THE EXPERIENCE OF THEIR SUFFERING
2B. The reason for their suffering, verse 10.
3B. The reassurance of their suffering, verse 11.
2A. THE EXAMPLE OF JOB (5:12)
1B. The suffering of Job
1C. WE OFTEN SUFFER (Job 1-3)
2C. WE SOMETIMES UNDERSTAND OUR SUFFERING (Job 4-41)
3C. WE CAN ALWAYS TRUST GOD THROUGH OUR SUFFERING (Job 42)
2B. Seeing and seeking the Lord when suffering
1C. The compassion of the Lord
2C. The mercy of the Lord
The primary application point of James is to direct your attention away from your present suffering to the end (5:7). What will be end for the Christian? 1 Thessalonians 4:17b-18 teach, “And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, comfort one another with these words.”
Then from that outcome, the Christian is work backwards and find patience to endure the present. This is how the Christian endures suffering, oppression, and injustice. The suffering you are presently experiencing is not the end. This is a reason for you to endure and persevere.