I am in the first week of this study, and I am already loving where it is heading. This little paragraph sums up the theme really well. I love that James has such a unique story. He is not just any person. He was in Jesus life since the moment he was born, and I am sure he got tired of having a (literally) perfect sibling. I know from personal experience being compared to a sibling by others is hard, but comparing yourself is even more exhausting. I can’t say I would react differently than James. There must have been things that got under his skin.
I love the redemption and healing process James goes through throughout scripture to get from his denial and aggravation to understanding and even writing his own book on the subject. Learning about his past has really helped me understand why his book of the Bible is so significant. I think context in the Bible is half the battle. It changes the meaning of some scripture and helps it become more applicable to current times. If you take it at face value, you miss so much deeper meaning derived from the context of it all.
Beth Moore has written more than just this Bible study, and has a pretty incredible story herself. God really uses her in a powerful way to effect women’s lives across the world. This is my fourth Beth Moore study, and every time I am so glad I am pouring into it. It is 5 days a week for 2 months, but I never regret a moment of the homework or the in class time. It is important, as is the highlight of this week, to discipline yourself in areas such as this. If we give God his time, he will give us our time.
Discipline yourself in daily Bible reading friends. You will not regret it and wish you had spent that time doing anything else.
I aim to love you all in as selfless a way as possible.