We recently did a series on the book of James. It was very rewarding to go through the book together as a church family. Here are some of the highlights from chapter one. Hope you find it refreshing.
No matter what we’re going through, we can practice our faith in any environment — the good times and bad. We will face times of testing. Your test can produce joy, if you view that test as an opportunity to grow. How much of what I go through (a) just happens to me or (b) I know there’s a purpose.
Patient endurance can result in the full development of who God wants you to be.
Quick example. When I first started hunting/shooting rifles, I would’ve liked to say I was a natural marksman and could hit any target I wanted on first try, but that wasn’t the case. It took practice. We’ve all heard the phrase, “practice makes….” But I want to change it. I think the lesson of James is telling us that “practice makes faithful.”
As we start a journey of practicing what James has to say to us, v. 5 tells us that God can supply wisdom along the way. As much as you need. You can receive, if your faith doesn’t waver. But it’s okay to be real. You can find honor in your humility.
Look at those words in bold. That’s the fruit of the Spirit! They come right out of the text. I believe it is telling us this –> trials can produce the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, if we put James’ words to practice.
God bless you. See you soon!