“What strength do I have, that I should still hope?
What prospects, that I should be patient? Job 6:11
You may be going through some tough stuff. You may be a little low on energy. You may be feeling more than a little disappointed with the cards life has dealt you so far. You may be asking God when He is going to make good on His promises for your life. Job was certainly experiencing all of these, that’s why he asked the question, “What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient? Job certainly had one of the toughest deals ever dealt out to a human being. He literally went from hero to zero in a day – losing family, friends, finance and fortune. Interestingly James 5:11 states in the King James, “Ye have heard of the patience of Job”, which is where we get the phrase from, “The patience of Job”.
Did Job really start out patient, or was patience something he learned?
Just like us Job struggled with patience, “After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. He said: “May the day of my birth perish, and the night that said, ‘A boy is conceived!’ That day—may it turn to darkness; may God above not care about it; may no light shine on it,” Job 3:1-4.
Later on in the same chapter Job declares, “I have no peace, no quietness;
I have no rest, but only turmoil,” Job 3:26.
But towards the end of Job’s life story we discover how much he had grown in patience, “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you,” Job 42:5. Job then patiently turned the focus away from himself and interceded for his friends, “After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before,” Job 42:10. In Job’s case growing in patience led to a double blessing. It pays to be patient! Ask yourself the question, “How can I exhibit the fruit of patience in this season I am in?
Prayer: Father today I acknowledge that I am often impatient. Please lead me to the quiet pools of renewal by your Spirit that I may be patient with others, as you are patient with me.