The Judge is at the Door!
Scripture reading for November 6th: James 5
“Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. Se how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and the spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!” (James 5:7-9)
James, the pastor, is concerned about the Church and the ability of its members to stand before the Lord when He comes again. Patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit that helps believers to stand firm and keep on trusting in the face of intense opposition. The flesh loves to complain and blame others, often leaders! James knew the temptations that his people faced and warned them appropriately using the example of a farmer waiting for his crop and the rains from heaven. He also reminded them of the Old Testament prophets, like Job of old, who suffered patiently and how God eventually worked out their suffering for good!
“Is anyone in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is anyone of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the Name of the Lord.” (James 5:13-15) Living by faith requires godly action and discipline to do what God has required. In every situation of testing or blessing, prayer, thanksgiving and praise to the Lord is appropriate and will be rewarded! “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16) We must be watchful over our wandering brothers in Christ as well as our own souls! Jesus is coming!