“Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” (James 5:11)
“Behold!” What an attention getter. Behold-Look-Pay Attention! James wants the reader to attend to what he is about to say! It is an important message!
We consider them happy, or more accurately translated, “blessed” which endure. “Happy” and “blessed” are intertwined. It is impossible to be blessed and know it without being filled with joy and happiness.
To endure comes from the Greek word, “hypomeno”. It means to remain and persevere under the weight of misfortunes. It carries with it the notion of being under, weighted down or oppressed by trials and tribulations. It is much more than just suffering but rather the ability to hang on to one’s faith while under heavy and adverse situations.
“Ye have heard of the patience of Job”. Job suffered under a tremendous weight. He had his family, wealth and health all taken from him. He suffered horribly. But regardless of the weights he had to endure he still stayed in faith and true to God. Consequently the, “Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before” (Job 42:10).
God is kind and merciful. He knows every ounce of weight of misfortune that we experience. If we draw nigh to God he will draw nigh to us. If we endure the trial and stay true to God we too will be amongst the happy, the blessed. As a child of God we were designed to overcome the pressures, trials and tribulations of this world.
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4-5)
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” (Revelation 2:7)
Behold, we count them happy which endure-Until the end.