In this letter I am going to go through part of the end of James, so let’s jump into chapter 5, verses 1-2.
“Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.”
In many places in Scripture we are told that earthly treasures will pass away and disappear, while our souls endure forever. We are to store up treasures in heaven and not in earth. The end of this passage reads,
“Indeed, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you have kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth…You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.”
God hates when we are unjust. God hates when, motivated by personal gain, we take advantage of others. Unfortunately, most of us have a struggle with selfishness, but we need to keep trying. Instead, we need to be patient and content. James 5:7-8 says,
“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”
We are to love and be patient. I want to end with verse 9, “Do not grumble against one another brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold the Judge is standing at the door!” This week love and forgive all. Be patient and longsuffering. Glory be to God!
Your Brother in Christ,