I’m reading James right now. Like I said in my previous post, I went through James with my Bible Study group last semester, so I know the general content. However, this time I think I’m getting a lot more out of my studies, only because I’m on my own and I can really internalize the information and reread things as much as I need to. It might also be that I have this awesome study book called Shepherd’s Notes. Normally, I read through a book of the Bible pretty quickly; about one or two chapters a day. This study book takes it so much slower and gets at the bigger issues I sometimes skip over unknowingly. It’s taken me two nights to get through the first quarter of James 1, but I’m really understanding the bigger issues. When I read through James 1 the first time this week, I read about how I should look for the joy in a bad situation and how I should persevere through my trials because “the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1: 3). After going through James 1:1-8 with the book, I’ve read the deeper meaning of how I should pray for wisdom, and that God gives it to those who ask, as long as we don’t doubt when we ask. Yes, it says all of that right there in the verses, but sometimes I get distracted or read too quickly and don’t catch everything that I’ve read.
I’m so excited to see what else God has to teach me through James, and what He has in store for the rest of my studies of the New Testament!
I’ll leave you with this quote from Shepherd’s Notes:
“Because all things, including one’s trials, work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose, Christians are not to thrash about in frustration as troubles come.”
Think on that.