Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.
James 5:13 NASB
The reference to suffering here in James is compared to the prophets of the Old Testament. They were sent by God to tell the Israelites a message from Him that was not well received.
As we share the Good News we often can get discouraged that no one is listening. No one is understanding their need for Jesus. Or as I recently experienced, they were being phony, lying and deceiving with a personal agenda. It can be disheartening.
Solution? Go to the Lord in prayer. He can heal the heart.
Take the people you share with to the Lord. Ultimately it is the Lord who changes hearts, not us. We simply need to be obedient and tell the story of Jesus and His saving grace. No matter the outcome God is in control.
And one day in heaven we might just meet that individual. Seeds planted that God used to change that person’s heart.
Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.
It is extremely easy to sing praise when we have a cheerful heart. Is it the Lord to whom we direct our songs of praise?
🌹So whether suffering or cheerful, let our response be to seek the Lord God.
Continually Seeking Him,