Any experienced Christian pilgrim can attest to the fact that a lot more of life is spent in the valley of hardship and difficulty than it is on the spiritual mountaintops. Jesus said in John 16, “I have told you these things, because in this world you will have tribulation.” What things has He told us? The spiritual mountaintop stuff; the things that prepare us for the hard life in the valley.
Today we begin our study in the book of James. The book is a perfect complement to the book of Hebrews, because Hebrews is a book full of mountaintop stuff and James is a book about applying those precepts down in the valley of practicality. James sometimes gets a bad rap as being too harsh or legalistic, but on the contrary, it’s a book about the power the grace of God gives us to live victoriously even in those difficult times.