Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth- eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.
Here James teaches us to be careful with what we accumulate and with how we accumulate it. This is not a condemnation of riches but it is a condemnation of rich men who acquired their riches unfairly on the backs of others.
When riches are gained by making others suffer, those riches will be a witness before God against the ones who attained them. Woe to the men and women who live in luxury by committing fraud in any way. James speaks particularly to those who acquired riches by not fairly paying those who worked for them. We have known people who would work for a promised wage only to be given less at the end of the job. With no recourse, they took what they were given. Be careful to pay what you agreed upon.
Money is an interesting thing. When we have a lot we are happy, when we lose a lot we are sad. When someone else gains a lot we are envious. God would have us to be content with our wages and to learn to live within them. Let us not be envious of those who have more for we do not know their standing before God. I would prefer to live moderate to poor in this life and to have treasures in heaven than to live rich in this life, rejecting God, and to wake up in hell.
Money does not make people with no character to have character. No, nor does money make people better. We are who we are whether we are rich or poor or in-between. Be the woman, be the man that God created you to be and be content with His position for your life and treat people fairly at all times.
Once again I am thankful for our church. Sunday was such a wonderful day. We rejoiced in all parts of the service exalting the Savior and His desire to be with us. What a thrill that teaching is. God wants to be with me. When God is with me He brings all of His love and power with Him and dwells, temples, within me. This is indeed a life-changing truth.
I am thankful for the people the Lord brings each week. We pray for Him to fill His house and to multiply His word. God is hearing our prayers.
Thank you for being a part of His work.
Have a great day in the Lord,