I was reading the TNIV this morning, the one that has no verse and chapter headings and read through the book of James and came across this passage, which I hadn’t taken notice of before.
New International Version (NIV)
10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
I have to admit that I have never considered Job as being a patient man. If anything, I would have thought he was impatient. Lets face it, he was a moaner and a groaner. And perhaps rightly so. He lost his children, his livelihood, his health and in many ways become a depressive who perhaps bordered on narcissism. He was a man who was in pain. He was in deep physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual pain.
Yet despite his trials and tribulations. Despite his moaning and groaning. He never lost sight of God. We often condemn Job as being the one whom was eventually collared by God and told to stand before him like a man.
But James writes about Job as being both a patient and persevering example for us to follow. This now leads me to ask the question as to how this affects our understanding of patience and perseverance.