You have seen God’s purpose


James 5:11 (ESV): 11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.


In James 5, we find the ungodly rich people being warned, those who were mistreating others.

James then addressed believers who were experiencing hardship, challenging them to be patient like a farmer waiting for the harvest.

James told them not to grumble against each other, but rather follow the example of the prophets, as well the steadfastness of Job in suffering.


James wrote that the people had seen the “purpose of the Lord.” Oftentimes, in the midst of difficulty we have trouble discerning God’s purpose.

Maybe James’ first readers would even question if they knew God’s purpose. But James says they had seen God’s purpose, and had experienced the compassion and mercy of God.

If you have the whine in you, kick it out ruthlessly. It is a positive crime to be weak in God’s strength.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, April 14 entry

While we may have difficulty understanding God’s ways, we should rest assured knowing God has a purpose for us, and we should be watchful for his hand at work in our lives.


Heavenly Father, in whatever state I am in life, help me to live aware of your purpose. And if your purpose seems obscure, help me to live confidently, knowing your purpose is still at work. Amen.

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