Read James 5 

 

The Christian life is the best life imaginable.  We have the opportunity to walk with the living God each and every day.

Though the Christian life is the best life imaginable, it does not exclude times of trouble and suffering. There will be hard times. In these hard times, there is a God who knows us, cares for us and walks with us.

What are we to do in these difficult times?  James tells us to be patient and to persevere.

The reason we can be patience and persevere is because Jesus is making the world new again.  He makes us new when we trust in him for salvation. He uses people to the make the world new around them. One day he will make all things new when Jesus returns.  In the midst of suffering we can be patient and endure because of the hope we have in Jesus making all things new.

Take a moment and think/journal what is broken and old in your life and in this world.  Now, take a moment and think/journal how Jesus is going to make this world new.  Does the thought of Jesus making things new give you joy?  In what areas of your life can you be patient now because Jesus is and will make everything new?  In what areas of your life can you endure with joy because Jesus is and will make everything new?

Russell Schultz