This paragraph is located after James' scalding warning of the rich unbelievers who oppressed the poor believers. He told them in verses 1-6 judgment will soon be coming upon them because of their misuse and oppression of the poor in their midst. One can imagine as this was read there went up a hardy, "Amen! Preach it, James!" from the crowd. But now James turns to teach us how we are to endure in difficult times. The key word in this text is the word patient. He told us three times that our response to oppression is to be patient until the Lord makes it right. As we explore this text together we will see it in terms of three parts.
I. WAIT WITH EXPECTATION (v. 7)
II. WAIT STRENGTHENING YOUR HEART (v. 8-9)
III. WAIT COUNTING ON GOD'S BLESSING (v. 10-11)