If you break up the memorable moments of life into three categories they could probably mostly fit under the headings ‘happiness’, ‘trouble’, and ‘sickness’. James moves to the end of his letter stating that these things are realities of life, but he challenges his readers and us to invite God to be a part of them. And here we discover that we have God and our brothers and sisters in Christ to share our joy and pain with. And we see a picture of a different kind-of life in the middle of our normal and every-day existence. And it is wonderful!
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It’s hard to be patient! We want what we want, when we want it, and how we want it. But the honest truth is this is a selfish and sinful way to live. God promises he will provide everything we need, that he will discipline and train us to be like Jesus, and that he loves and has the best for us. This is why James writes to be patient because God will work, he will provide, and he will return to make wrong to right. He is, he does, and he will. So we can obey him, and regardless of what happens, be hopefully patient!