In May, I studied the book of James at Precept in an intensive study. Eleven weeks in eleven days.
The thing that stuck out to me:
James wasn’t a believer until after Jesus died. He thought his half brother was dead! He knew grief.
He wrote to “The twelve tribes scattered…” These people may have been those who scattered because of persecution – Stephen’s stoning began the scattering. If so, they’d lost a leader in their church, their homes, their livelihood, and much more! These people knew grief!
He mentioned widows and orphans in chapter one. Again, they knew grief!
A man who knew grief, writing to those who knew grief. And yet he tells them to consider it pure joy whenever you face trails of many kinds…don’t judge others….care for others…be doers of the word…tame your tongue…don’t slander others…give to those in need…and blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because, when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God promised to those who love Him.
Wow! How am I doing in my own grief journey?
Am I persevering under trial?