Recently while reading James chapter one, I noticed three particular verses. Each one of them had a very good point. I wanted to share them with you. Hopefully you’ll find them as helpful as I did.
Have Joy In The Midst Of Your Difficulty
The first thing that stood out to me was in the second and third verses I read this:
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
(James 1:2-3 ESV)
These verses emphasize the point that when we have trials of different kinds, we should have joy knowing that God is testing our faith. We should know that if we stand firm throughout our trials, God will use them for good and will produce steadfastness. It will prove that the faith we say we have in God is true faith and we will be unwavering in our faith. We can’t guarantee that each trial we deal with will be easy. Certainly it will be difficult for us to find joy. But if we seek God throughout our trials, we will find hope and we will find joy.
Ask God For Wisdom
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5 ESV)
If any of you lacks wisdom refers to everybody who has a difficult situation going on in their lives and are unsure exactly what to do.
It’s a good thing for us to ask God for wisdom. We can know that when we do ask, God will generously give it to us. We shouldn’t expect to hear God verbally speak to us. But the Spirit will help us as we read the bible. And if we trust what we know is right, the Spirit will give clarity and we will obtain wisdom from God through His Spirit.
We Must Be Obedient to God’s Word
The third verse that stood out to me was verse 22:
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (James 1:22 ESV)
I’m sure most of us have probably already heard this verse before, but it’s an important reminder. We must not only read God’s word, but also seek to be obedient to what we’ve read. If we’re Christians, it’s important for us to understand that when things stand out to us, when we are encouraged or convicted by a specific verse, that is the Spirit working in us to encourage us to do things that will be helpful to others and honoring to God. He will also use the words we read from the bible to point out and convict us of certain sins we are dealing with.
Thanks for reading, I hope these verses encourage you. I might do more posts like this in the future, but please feel free to comment and let me know what you think.