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Be Patient, Establish Your Hearts, and Pray.

In James 5 we see the exhortation to the rich to use money, not storing it up or getting it from being greedy and unfair, but rather by being fair. Perhaps some of those whom James is writing to are on the short end of the stick here - receiving lower wages than deserved. James exhorts them to “Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord” (v. 7). He tells them again in v. 8 to “be patient” and “establish your hearts.” Our response to adversity is really important. For the next verse tells us to “not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged.” This is a good warning. Be patient and give it to the Lord. Wait for His coming, for then all things will be made right. So what should our response be to adversity or suffering? Verse 13 tells us, Pray. We are told that “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” So perhaps you are going through suffering. James instructs us to not complain but to pray. To be patient. We are not the first to go through trials. Consider the prophets and Job (vv. 10-11). In the end we know that the “Lord is compassionate and merciful” v. 11. May the Lord be with you today!

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