As we enter the new year, it’s time to take stock of the pressures we are facing or may face – be it academic, relational, health, financial or work pressures. In this first series of the year, we are looking at the book of James and how we can build ourselves God’s way so that we thrive under pressure.
James 1:2 exhorts us to “Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials” (James 1:2 AMP). Whether we are currently facing a trial, have just come out of a trial or are heading towards a trial, they are common to our human experience, and learning how to handle them God’s way will move us towards the joy James speaks of. And what is the key for us as we experience the trials that 2023 will bring? Pursuing wisdom.
God’s purpose for life’s pressures is to make us wise. We may have a lot of knowledge, but wisdom means we understand the right application of that knowledge. In this first part of our series, we learned about Biblical wisdom and what it looks like, and how we can pursue wisdom.
WHAT WILL YOU DO
Our call to action this week is to:
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” – James 1:5