See Day 1 for an introduction of this brief series.
Suffering isn't easy, and one of the more difficult things about it is that it seems to stretch out time: Minutes can seem like hours, hours like days, and days like weeks. "Will it ever end!?" one asks. So it could seem the height of poor counsel to encourage patience in the midst of suffering, but that is exactly what James offers in the fifth chapter of his letter.
Context is always important in reading the Bible, and the coming of the Son of Man is yet again on the mind of a Biblical writer as he offers wisdom to the church. For the foundation of his plea for patience in the midst of suffering is the promised return of Jesus. Take some time to meditate on how this truth, the Coming of the Son of Man, may help you endure suffering.
7 Dear brothers and sisters,* be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. 8 You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.
9 Don’t grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look—the Judge is standing at the door!
10 For examples of patience in suffering, dear brothers and sisters, look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy. (Jas 5:7–11, NLT)