Is God Testing Me?

James 1:12–15

In this lab, John Piper points us to the truth that the steadfastness of your faith under trial wins the crown of life because the crown of life is promised to those who love him.

Some questions to ask as you read and study James 1:12–15:

  1. What does it mean for God to test us? Have you ever been tested by God?
  2. Read James 1:2–4 and 1:12–15. Why does God test us? What can testing produce?
  3. Are you amidst any fiery trials in your life right now? What can you cling to from these verses in an effort to count it all joy?

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Principle for Bible Reading

Look for Sequences in Lists

Often, when we see lists in the Bible (for example, lists of virtues or vices, like those found in Romans 1:29–31 or Colossians 3:12–14), we might assume that there isn’t any connection between the items on the list — and there may not be. But by assuming that no sequence exists, we pass over insights we might have found had we paused and asked whether any relationship exists between the items.

The first step for identifying a sequence consists in defining each item on the list. Knowing how each item differs from the rest helps us observe any patterns or progressions. After defining the terms, ask whether the items on the list progress or can be categorized in some way.