People who have read the bible can identify a few men of patience. Of course, Jesus was a good example of patience, as was Noah and Moses. My favorite example of patience, though, is Job.
Poor, sad little Job. I’ve written about him before, as the book of Job is one of my favorite. It’s so complex – almost controversial. Some theories on this book treat it as a ‘theodicy’: ‘justifying God’s ways to humans, in the face of injustice’, or ‘why bad things happen to good people.’ Did God really bet Satan that Job wouldn’t stop praising Him, even if all of his life disappeared? Would He do that with us, is that why your car broke down or your dishwasher flooded the living room or your love stopped loving you? I don’t think so.
If you haven’t ever read Job, or the bible, start here. This is a great summary of the book of Job and some quick reading for your Sunday.
I think the lesson in Job is that you must have two things: faith and patience. You must have faith that despite the circumstances, your life is going to turn out fine. You must have patience in the bad days – you are going to have bad days and no, they are not the result of playing dice with the Devil (usually). They just happen. It rains or your shirt rips or you forgot you were out of coffee at the grocery store or your dog won’t let you sleep in (ever). As Job did, just hold on. Find the good where you can, say thank you for things that have remained with you and eventually you’ll have more good than bad.
Thank you for reading so far! Tomorrow is the halfway point of this series, and I appreciate you reading along. 🙂
See you tomorrow.
It takes courage to live—courage and strength and hope and humor. And courage and strength and hope and humor have to be bought and paid for with pain and work and prayers and tears.
Today is day fourteen of my 31 days of patience series. For all posts in the series, click here.