Session 4 – Week 4
This week you are going to read the passage over and over a few times. As you do, you will think about what God is saying to you. Then take a few minutes and put that in your own words. Search your heart to see how this scripture applies to you. Then talk to God about it and how you can apply it to your life here in this moment. This weeks studies will probably be more brief on my part because I will simply post the original scripture, then my paraphrased version, then add a few comments about how I need to apply this to my life. I may also add a few different translations of the passage just to get us thinking.
Will be great to see how God speaks to each one about these passages. It is going to be a great week. Let’s dig in together.
Also, this week we will read the book of James.
James 1:2-4 NIV
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:2-4 – Message
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
Realize the precious value that there is when you are called to face difficult moments in your life. Disappointments, hurts, rejection, along with many other types of pressure and hardships. These very challenges push you to a deeper place in God. They reveal what is on the inside of you. They develop you and produce God’s work in your life that brings you to a place of growth and maturity. They prepare your life to be complete, and not lacking in any way. They are a gift to you.
I realize as I look through this scripture that I do not often value the difficult moments and yet they are the places I have grown the most. I need to learn to look for God the most, when I feel him the least. He is there working in me.
How can I apply this? What does this look like in my life? Maybe choosing intentionally the next time pressure, or difficulty knocks on my door, to open the door, and say, “thanks for the education, thanks for the opportunity to go deeper.”