The Patience of Job

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“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, KJV

“You don’t want to pray for patience.” That’s the advice usually given   flippantly because invariably trouble follows. But I am not so sure that’s true.

  • Patience isn’t the ability to wait without losing your temper, but the ability to hang on to your faith in God when life says He has failed you.
  • Patience is holding on to God when your mind says, He’s not holding on to you.
  • Patience is the muscle of faith and is strengthened in tribulations, trials, disappointments, delays.

“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also:

knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

And patience, experience, and experience, hope …”

Romans 5:3-4, KJV

Tribulation exercises the muscles of patience which moves the skeleton of faith—the heart of hope. This is why we can have joy in tribulation.

“My brethren, count it all joy

when ye fall into divers temptations(various trials):

Knowing this,

that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

But let patience have her perfect work,

that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting in nothing.”

James 1:2-4, KJV

Job endured his suffering. He steadfastly hung on to his relationship with God, when his body and mind had no strength. He endured by the power of the presence of God, whom he couldn’t reconcile to his circumstances. The phrase, “the patience of Job,” would not have been spoken had the God of patience, pity, and tender mercy not been with him, even when Job wondered where He was.

“Now the God of patience and consolation grant you

to be like minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus …

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation …

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

(Romans 15:5; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4a; Romans 15:13, KJV)

God was with Job in all his tribulation, strengthening him when he had no strength. Otherwise, Job would never have defeated his real enemy. We would not have seen Job’s end being greater than his beginning, had not the power of God been with him.

Job is not our only example of patience having its reward. The writer of Hebrews 12:1-2, tells us to—

  • “lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us”—the weight and sin that says to curse God and die as Job’s wife exhorted him to do. Instead—
  • “let us run with patience the race that is set before us”—and when we can’t run remember the power of God who carries us. And keep—
  • “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”—Jesus guarantees we will finish the race. He is the joy set before us.
  • Endure, persevere, continue, despising the pain and shame, knowing patience has its reward.

“By your endurance you will gain your lives.”

Luke 21:19, NASB

A Prayer for You:

“the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God,

and into the patient waiting for Christ …

Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power,

unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet

to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

who hath delivered us from the power of darkness,

and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son …

Being confident of this very thing,

that he which hath begun a good work in you

will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ …

We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

praying always for you,”

2Thessalonians 3:5; Colossians1:11-13; Philippians1:6; Colossians1:3, KJV

In response to my first statement—it’s good to pray for patience, because we are asking for strength to endure the trials of life. So how about you? Trials come in this life. Will you pray for patience?

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7 thoughts on “The Patience of Job

  1. Thank you Donna. This is an excellent article. You get right to that point and do it so well using the Word of God. I have also picked up that idea long ago to never pray for patience because the Lord may create not so good circumstances to assist in our gaining of it. In reality though, things may have worked in the opposite way because not so good circumstances often arrive anyway and we will need patience to get through them. At this point I must have a doctorate in patience. I am using it now and need it. Your article has been a blessing to me. Keep up the good work. Also I like your comment, “Truthfully, what else or who else do we have?” This tells us we are doing as we should just as Job did though our actions are not yet manifesting in what we need. It is thus a time for patience and much faith. The Lord will come through. He always does. Amen.

    Blessings

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