Something To Think About James 1:2-4


Sometimes I need to be in the wilderness, so my faith can become mature and well developed. Yeah, I know, that doesn’t sound like a good deal at all, does it?

In the wilderness we:

  • See His miracles more clearly
  • Feel His presence more intensely
  • Worship Him more authentically
  • Obey Him more sincerely

When we try to advance our plans we miss His. James encourages Believers who are going through trials, “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.” James 1:2-4 (The MSG)

With this in mind, the wilderness doesn’t seem like such a bad place.

14 Comments

  1. My season of waiting is now…..with my health. I know that my Lord and Savior is walking with me through this .

  2. I have been waiting for what feels like forever. I was honestly starting to lose hope and becoming very discouraged during this waiting period. Your book came at a wonderful time to help restore my hope as I wait.

  3. I’m so looking forward to this bible study of Wait & See…this coming from a person who hates to wait. Lord, see me through.

  4. I am waiting now– and have been for a many years, for my husband to get counseling with me. It’s very discouraging at times but I love my husband and know God wants me to honor Him and my marriage. So, i keep waiting.

    1. My husband and I just went through something similar. Set an alarm to pray for your husband the same time everyday. I promise you, you will see amazing things happen. Get some close friends to set an alarm and pray for you too. Even Jesus didn’t do his mission alone! Praying for you now friend!

  5. Waiting on my Brother to come back to the lord, He’s fiancé is having they’re first baby, Praying this experience will bring them to the lord.

  6. I signed up for this online bible study while hunting for house out of state. I thought the act of at least trying to look for a house would be encouraging but as the wait has no quick end in sight and people say all their own ideas of what they want to see us do and options get thrown in every direction. Staying focused on yes to God and his desires. Gets lost, confusing, and I’m just frankly overwhelmed. I know this means God hasn’t revealed his plan yet as nothing is a clear choice. But my jump before wait and the in between of how do you know your just not jumping at all. Telling others to wait out God’s plan and help me truly seek it not just their desires. Man am I hoping to get a lot out of this study. And God brings some peace as I keep praying for his timing to prevail in my fleshly desire for urgency!

  7. This study is so timely. God has been stirring my heart to help my unbelief that God loves me just as much as the other person. I have faith for others but not so much for me. I’m self sufficient and will go to lengths to get things done on my own so that I do not have to ask . I hate to hear the words No or not yet.
    One day I said Lord help my unbelief and his reply was you have not because you ask not. It hit me like a ton of bricks. How can I gain faith and trust if I refuse to even ask for my needs. Even this first lesson has given me insight to the strengths and value given in waiting.

  8. Just read the first chapter of Wait and See. I was struck how even after we get done waiting it still does mean it’s over. I’m really looking forward to gleaning all I can from this study. It’s wonderful being with other sojourners. I’m look forward to the camaraderie we will share. Thank you Wendy for writing it, I know I need it!
    And God bless you all!

  9. This is a really good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very precise info? Appreciate your sharing this one.
    A must read post!

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