11/21/19: James 5:1-20; Psalm 119:1-16; Proverbs 28:6-7
James 5: Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you.
Wow, that statement certainly seems to condemn those we know who may be blessed with material wealth, doesn’t it? But when we read a little further we see that the “rich” are not condemned for being “rich.” Instead they are condemned for how they hoard and/or obtained their wealth.
And even if we do not consider ourselves “rich” we must still be aware of how we use the blessings the Lord has given us.
James 5: 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 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. 4 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. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.