I had my first Bible study of the year today! After a few weeks off for the holidays we were back at it to wrap up our final weeks of Beth Moore's study on James. If you have never done a Beth Moore Bible study? You must. I don't want to be bossy, but do one. Do it, do it, do it! She changed the way I read the Bible. B.B. (Before Beth) I'd read along, following the story lines, picking up on Jesus' parables and the occasional allegory, etc. In a Beth Moore study she Breaks. It. Down. Until verses you thought you've understood for years are brand spanking new and suddenly you're bawling your eyes out. In a good way!
Until today, I forgot James references our guy, Job! This makes me laugh because just a couple chapters ago Job was all, "Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll, that they were inscribed with an iron tool on lead, or engraved in rock forever!" (19:23-24) If only he knew! Most likely his story was passed down orally until Moses got his hot little hands on it and gave Job his own book of the Bible. Then generations later Jesus' own brother remembers Job's suffering: "... You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy." (James 5:11) You know somewhere in heaven Job is ribbing God, "Yeah, the key word here being 'finally!'"
Persevere friends! As cheerfully as possible, remembering someone may be detailing your misery for prosperity!
A note: If you are interested in doing a Beth Moore study, or another great study, Priscilla Shirer has a fantastic compilation on her blog. I retweeted the link today so you can check it out!