Journaling Through James: Week 5, James 5:-1-20
This is it! Our final week in James! Our text this week was so rich, I found myself copying big sections of it word for word into my journal!
The opening lines of Ch 5 echo the tone of chapter 4. Our life is temporary. Laying up treasure I’m the present world won’t help you in the next. On the contrary! Our earthly riches will rot/corrode and stand as evidence against us of where we put our time and resources.
James also warns against living in luxury and self-indulgence.
He then shifts his attention from the rich, back to those who are suffering, calling on his audience to “be patient” three times! He instructs them to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Lord.
He admonishes them:
- Do not grumble against one another, but instead to remain steadfast like Job.
- Do not swear—instead let your yes be yes and your no be no. (In other words, build a reputation for keeping your word and your word alone will suffice)
He also provides instructions:
- Suffering? Pray
- Cheerful? Sing praises
- Sick? Call the elders for prayer and announcing in the name of Jesus
He reminds them of the importance of confession and praying for one another (both are means for healing) “The prayer of a righteous person has great power!
James closes out his letter with a final reminder of the importance of restoring wandering believer, stating that it can save their soul from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
What about you? What stood out to you this week? We’d love to hear from you/see your journaling progress in the comments below!
Thanks so much for joining me for this 5-week study. I trust the Lord has blessed you in your time of study!