Good writing is a work of connected beauty. Words and thoughts are woven together that build word pictures that can be etched into hearts. No other piece of literature is comparable to the Bible in this regard. When we read we must look for these connections to understand the power of the Spirit's work. The Bible is the literary masterpiece of all time. Every word is exactly placed to draw the hearts of God's people to the life that is truly life. It can be dangerous to make connections that are not obvious in the text. But it is equally dangerous to ignore the connections that are there. Like an exquisitely cut diamond, the Bible is a multi-faceted literary gem of the highest quality. The purest treasures are found by longing to have God's Spirit open them to us as his word is read, mediated upon and embraced.
Here is just one example of the thousands of such connections. In James 1:2-3 we read:
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness."
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