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James 5:1-11: What Awaits

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of James.

You have probably heard of the young man who cried out, "Lord, I want patience and I want it now!" James encourages us in this passage to wait on God, to be patient, and warns us against wanting it all now.

Warming Up to God

God wants to know your concerns and frustrations. Tell God what has been making you impatient lately.

Read James 5:1-11

Discovering the Word

  • James declares that misery awaits rich people. What crimes have they committed (vv. 1-6)?
  • Is James condemning all rich people? Explain.
  • James goes on to give three examples of patient people: a farmer, the prophets and Job. How is each an example of patience?
  • What different reactions would you expect the rich and those who suffer to have to the prospect of the Lord's return (vv. 7-9)?
  • How is piling up riches the opposite of patience that waits in faith for God to provide?

Applying the Word

  • When are you tempted to hoard rather than to give and wait on God?
  • In what areas of your life are you impatient?
  • What do you learn about patience from the examples James mentions?

Responding in Prayer

Pray that God would make you a person who can wait for God to answer prayer.