The Ruin of Wealth

As we enter the final week of our James study, let’s turn our attention to Chapter 5.

Here is this week’s reading plan:

5

Here, James changes his audience slightly as he addresses the wealthy Jews who had amassed great wealth. His words are a sombre warning and a reminder that earthly riches do not last.

Let’s read:

 

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.  Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.  You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.

Thoughts for Today

 

  1. What warnings can we also take from this as to the dangers of hoarding wealth?
  2. What can it remind us to make sure we do, even as believers who will not suffer this fate?
  3. What encouragement is there in these verses for those who have faced trouble and difficulties on earth?

Prayers for Today

 

  • Let us thank God today for our salvation and pray we will never hoard what we have, rather giving everything back to Him.
Grace and Love
Helen x

 

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