James hits hard and deep in his book. When I first started reading James, I asked whether it was mistakenly added in. Considering that I knew God to be merciful, kind and gracious. Is James grumpy?
Through the years, God has shown me that His work is improved, and reaches culmination with my cooperation. James is talking to the side of you called ‘displine’ and ‘character’. The girdles, the framework, the template by which you make your life lineup with God’s will. The composer might have a calling to inspire the nations, but still needs to put those black lines and dots on manuscript paper.
Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind. -Johannes Brahms
James has been the greatest blessing in my life in current years. In a way, part of the letting go of my childish self, which Paul talks about in Corinthians 12. James is giving us the key to unlock our God given potential.
As it’s related. On the subject of God’s will vs our involvement. Think of Abraham, who wanted a wife for his son. The man of faith sent his servant, and his servant prayed. James starts with “show me your faith, and I will show you my works”, and “faith without works is dead”. There is a problem if you are thinking too much and doing nothing. That’s a fatal decease. Ask Jesus to revive you so you can do again. Go beyond the though process to the doing.
Jesus said “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
I hope this blesses you today, if you have any comments or thoughts, please let me know. I’d love to know this is reaching and enabling you to get beyond thinking to doing.