This post is the final post on our brief study of the book of James. It has been a good study and I’m sure a helpful one too. Though chapter five is the last chapter of James, it is still quite packed with lots of helpful things.
Let’s begin with reading the first section. I like James’ creative writing here, but sometimes these things can be confusing to us if we don’t take a closer look and extra time to study the passage and find the meaning. Fortunately most of his writing is exceptionally practical and easy for us to understand.
Warning to The Rich
We will begin with verses one through six.
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you. (James 5:1-6 ESV)
I think the point and main idea that James is making here, is for the rich who are taking delight in possessions and money that will soon rot away. He wants them to know how much more important it is for them to submit their lives to God and trust in Him. Rather than simply living only to gain more.
James is speaking more specifically to the rich who have become rich because of their dishonesty and deceit. Who have condemned and murdered the righteous person. But I think we can see an important reminder that is applicable to everyone.
Certainly there is nothing wrong with having lots of possessions and money, but if those things are our priority and we put them before God. Then we have made that an idol and that doesn’t please God. Let this be James warning to us, he is warning us to not get caught up in the love of money or things that will soon rot away. Instead we should seek God and seek to honor Him with all our lives.
Patience in Suffering
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. (James 5:7-8 ESV)
James continues on here in the second part of the passage. He is encouraging Christians to be patient in suffering. He gives us the example of the farmer who remains patient as he waits for his crop to be ready for harvest.
We also should be patient, because we have hope that Christ will soon return and all who believe will spend eternity with Him. Though our lives may be difficult and though we may suffer because of our beliefs, James is encouraging us to remain patient until the day when we meet Christ in eternity.
Praying With Faith
The prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. (James 5:15 ESV)
The final point I want to show you from James chapter five is that we must pray with faith. James writes that the prayer of faith will heal the sick person, if that person has sinned then God will forgive them. If we have a problem or difficulty and our last resort is prayer then it’s likely not a prayer prayed with faith. God wants us to to trust Him when we pray, He wants us to have faith that God’s will will be done. When we are faced with a problem we must pray with faith.
This has been a good study on James I hope you were encouraged and helped by the things I shared. If you missed any of my posts on this study I have them listed below, by clicking on the title of each one you’ll be able to read them.
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