In May, we are spending 4 weeks in the book of James–a how-to book on being a Christian. Our study uses the SOAP method of Bible study to seek an application for each reading (not sure what this is? Check out the What’s SOAP? tab). We have provided an example SOAP note below today’s reading. Join in this study by completing the daily readings and journaling using SOAP, and you are welcome to use the Comments section at the bottom of our homepage to share or ask questions.
Reading: James 5:1-3
Warning to Rich Oppressors
Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 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.
Am I Hoarding Wealth? | Becky Newman
James starts this section by addressing “you rich people”. For gold and silver to corrode, it means it’s been sitting around useless for a long time. This is a good description of a few things in my storage area downstairs. We often spend money on stuff like this that just sits around useless. It’s kind of become our American culture to do this because we are a wealthy country. But if we spend money on useless stuff, that money is locked up in our possessions and not available for God’s use elsewhere.
My useless possessions testify against me. They lock up my money in stuff that can’t even be taken with me in eternity and then can’t be used for Your Kingdom. I know that with riches comes great responsibility to steward it according to Your will. This is not an easy thing which is why Jesus said it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:24). Many become corrupted by their riches. I need Your continued and daily guidance so that my decisions are not considered hoarding wealth.
Lord, lead me, guide me according to Your will. Help my husband and I steward the riches You give us as citizens of the blessed U.S.A. well, for Your glory and Your Kingdom. On this Memorial Day, I am thankful for the sacrifices that so many have made for our country’s freedom and prosperity. May Your hand of comfort be upon the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
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