Saturday, November 4, 2017 | Pastor Kevin
This letter is one of the most practical yet difficult books in all of Scripture. It's relevance to our modern culture runs through every word. He starts by reminding us that we should find joy in suffering only because we know that God has a plan for that suffering in our lives. It produces endurance which allows us to experience God's plan to the fullest since we are unwilling to give up. Sadly, some are double-minded and unstable in life. They have no endurance so every problem or tragedy leads to drama and chaos. For those who are single-minded in their focus, God tells them to ask for wisdom in faith, and He will provide it to them. This wisdom will help us overcome temptation and stand strong in the midst of that tug towards sin. He goes on to remind us that our own lusts are the cause for our sin. One of our greatest battles with sin is in the realm of anger. James reminds us that anger "does not achieve the righteousness of God." His advice is to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger. Beautiful words but so hard to apply to our lives. God's call is that we not just be hearers of the Word, but that we be doers, as well. That "doing" can never leave out the widows and orphans who are the responsibility of God's church. James provides such practical words to live by as we continue this daily walk with Jesus.
Help me, Lord, to handle problems, be single-minded, stay away from anger and stand against temptation. Help me to be a doer of Your Word and not just a hearer only, because I need that truth applied to my life as do many others that I influence.