James 4:13-5:6 – September 29
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
Boasting About Tomorrow
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
Warning to Rich Oppressors
5 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. 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. 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.
Not Obeying Is a Sin | Becky Newman
James 4:13-16 is about getting wrapped up and busy in this world and forgetting about God’s plans for us. Each day, each minute, we have a choice to make to obey God or not. And verse 17 is clear — if we choose not to obey God, it is a sin. My Bible notes refer to Jesus teaching this lesson in Luke 12:47 – “The servant who knows the master’s will and doesn’t get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows.”
I know the good I ought to do; You told me through the sermon at church this week:
- Don’t think of myself too highly, approach with humility (Romans 12:3)
- Be the encourager/cheerleader in my family (Romans 12:8)
- Love, but hate evil actions while clinging to what is good — they will never know this if I’m silent (Romans 12:9)
- Live in harmony, do not repay evil with evil, live at peace — but this does not mean tolerating evil or not stating truths to keep the peace (Romans 12:16-17)
In the moment of conviction, I was ready to obey, and now as I pray for timing, I’m getting scared. But not obeying is a sin. You’ve given me a clear role in my family, and I need to be obedient in taking that role.
Thank You for speaking to me so clearly! Please give me courage now to obey. I can only control myself, and I give others’ reactions and responses to You.
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