Yesterday I began reading the book of James, which I plan on doing each day throughout the month of March, in addition to my Old Testament reading. I was thinking of a short book to go through this month, and started with Philippians and Colossians before settling on James. James is such a practical book. I’m going to try to post my questions and observations from this book as I repeatedly go through it.
James reminds us early on (ch.1, v. 3 and 4) that we should be glad when faced with trials throughout our daily lives as Christians as it produces “steadfastness”. I suppose these trials could mean the questioning of our faith by friends, co-workers, family members and others. Or it could mean those daily trials that Satan puts us through (and the way he works through others as well).
This reminded me of what’s found in 1 Peter and how Peter discusses the necessity of these trials “…so that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:7, ESV).
As James suggests, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God…” (v. 5). The wisdom that is found in God’s Word, and returning to it each day, provides us the ability to be steadfast to deal with these trials.
What does “steadfastness” mean to you in your daily life ?