Personal Journey

The Final Chapter: James 5

AND we finally made it, even though it took longer than I originally thought. (oops! sorry!)

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[1] Come now, you rich people, weep and wail over the miseries that are coming on you. [2] Your wealth has rotted and your clothes are moth-eaten. [3] Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have stored up treasure in the last days. [4] Look! The pay that you withheld from the workers who mowed your fields cries out, and the outcry of the harvesters has reached the ears of the Lord of Hosts. [5] You have lived luxuriously on the earth and have indulged yourselves. You have fattened your hears in a day of slaughter. [6] You have condemned, you have murdered the righteous, who does not resist you.

Sometimes this passage above is a hard thing to wrap your head around. It is talking about all of your possessions, your hard-earned possessions, getting destroyed and, in turn, destroying you. Treasures on earth do not last. You need to share with those in need because you have more than enough. Yes, you have more than enough. Do you have a roof above your head? Do you have water? Food? A safe place to sleep? Even further, do you have a job? an education? A supportive family and friends?

You have more than enough. 

Now, say someone didn’t answer yes to a few of those questions and was in need of your help. What would you do? Are you called to help?

I grew up with my mom saying that things were “good enough” and darn was she right, still is! We have more than enough and there are people who need more.

[7] Therefore, brothers and sisters, be patient until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth and is patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. [8] You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, because the Lord’s coming is near. [9] Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord’s name as an example of suffering and patience. [11] See, we count as blessed those who have endured. You have heard of Job’s endurance and have seen the outcome that the Lord brought out — the Lord is compassionate and merciful. [12] Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “yes” mean “yes,” and your “no” mean “no,” so that you won’t fall under judgment.

Patience is a huge part of having faith. If people didn’t have to be patient, I bet a lot more people would have faith in Him. We must be patient. Let me give an example of patience here..

I met my current boyfriend (lets call him Henry) freshman year because he lived across the hall. He quickly started having feelings for me, but I was in a 4-year relationship at the time and wasn’t about to leave that. Henry struggled with this a lot, knowing that I wasn’t about to end my relationship at the time. He prayed and prayed, and kept getting the feeling that he should be patient and just wait. It was a feeling he had never had before. I thought he was simply lovestruck and blinded. When he told me this I got quite upset.. you mean you’re telling ME that YOU are going to wait because YOU think I’M going to maybe end up with you? Yeah right. Those are your own hopeful thoughts, I thought. 

He waited, and waited, and waited, and waited… he even waited through it when I accepted a (promise) diamond ring from the other. This is not a human-kind of patience, my friends.

Five years into my previous relationship I ended it to be with Henry. We all knew it was coming. And it was the most amazing decision I’ve made. Not because the other was a bad choice. I still loved him, but some things you just can’t explain.

Have patience, my friends. Endure the hard times, because God blesses those who have endured… those who have had faith in Him. He is compassionate and merciful on you.

Patience is a virtue.

[13] Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone cheerful? He should sing praises. [14] Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the church, and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. [15] The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up; if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. [16] Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect. [17] Elijah was a human being as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the land. [18] Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its fruit. [19] My brothers and sisters, if any among you strays from the truth, and someone turns him back, [20] let that person know that whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

The above passages teaches us how to pray, or rather what to pray for. Is someone sad, angry, suffering? Pray for them. Did something awesome happen? Pray with thanks! Is someone sick? Pray with those who have great wisdom.

Most of all, don’t think that your prayers don’t matter and that they aren’t heard. You aren’t just praying into thin air.

For Elijah was a human JUST LIKE US and his prayer was powerfully answered through God.

Your prayer is so powerful. God hears you! But you might just have to be patience and have endurance before you are blessed. 

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