I recently started a Bible Study on my YouTube Channel. For the next few weeks I will be sharing on how to do an in depth Bible Study using the Book of James!
What a truly deep and powerful book to even start with. To be honest, I have always struggled with the teachings found in James. I always felt attacked and offended by it each time I read it. His instructions seemed somewhat unattainable to me.
I mean….who feels joyful when they are going through a trial? Seriously though!
Not to mention what he says about being double minded. Sigh…..as a teenager I struggled with making up my mind. I could never decided on what I truly wanted, whether I was buying food or choosing an outfit! I felt as if Apostle James was calling me out 😄.
I can laugh about it now, but back then reading the Book of James made me feel like a failure.
Now, through much spiritual growth, I have come to understand the Word of God a lot better. It is not meant to condemn us or make us feel unholy and unworthy. It is meant to help us!
Also, now that I am in my thirties (and have lived through some real storms of life), I can truly appreciate what James encourages us to do as Christians.
So to properly understand what Apostle James intended to say to his writers, I have been doing research of the Greek and the background of the text and the revelations have been blowing my mind! James not only states that we should be ‘joyful when we face trials’, but he also shares why.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:2-4 ESV
This is what God is working in us when He allows us to go through trials. We are learning how to endure sufferings with the right Perspective and attitude!
Most times I just grit my teeth and trust in God, which is good but an attitude shift occurs when you learn to rejoice in the midst of it. I have learned to be grateful for the storms and worship God even when everything seems to be falling apart. Which is exactly what Apostle James was trying to explain to the Israelites. When you learn to have joy in the midst, it doesn’t matter what you face afterward. You will know that God will bring you through it because He brought you through the trials that happened before!
Your focus therefore will shift from the trial to the all powerful God that you serve.
It will no longer deter you or make you feel depressed. Storms will no longer cause you to question ‘why is God is letting me go through this’. Pressure and stress will no longer give you anxiety and frustrate you.
You would have learned Steadfastness.
Isn’t that amazing???!
There are so many things that I have learned from the study thus far and I would love for you to join me. Please check out my channel here and Subscribe! This is going to be an awesome time of learning for us all. 😊