Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 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.
But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.
by: Cheryl Steele.
I always get struck by verse 12 when I read this chapter of James. If I have the authority to swear by heaven or by earth, then that means I think I have some kind of power. Fortunately, I do not have that power because, as Paul pointed out, God’s “power is perfected in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). I do not often feel blessed when my weakness is made evident through suffering, but this passage points out that we can expect God to be near in those times. I truly believe God allows us to experience suffering so that we will learn to draw closer to Him, lean on His strength, and draw on His comfort.