Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.
- The beginning of this passage starts with a warning – what is it?
- I think in our culture we sometimes believe that we somehow create the good in our lives. How does James correct that thinking?
- God is Creator God & we can be certain that He is unchanging (v. 17c). He doesn’t shift like shadows or sway in the current of cultural change. Read Romans 8:28. Even when events, circumstances & life in general does not seem “good” we can be certain of what truth?!!!!
- God is good! He has a perfect plan! What did He choose to do for you and me (v. 18)?
- We have been changed by His word of truth – the Gospel of Jesus Christ! And have now taken what place in creation?
- We are a kind of first-fruits. Look up what first fruits are (http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/first-fruits/). Write down your thoughts.
- Take time now to praise Him for His perfect, life changing, awesome Gift of His Son – Jesus Christ!
Praising God for His goodness & for His good and perfect gifts (and even those that don’t seem so perfect) He can use all things! Praying for you!