Can we really be almost done with James already?? Holy cow! What will I do with all my free time?? (besides memorizing the last 81 verses of the book and getting ready to go to CAMBODIA!)
Going for a little shorter and sweeter this week. A couple of these verses fit my life so perfectly right now I snickered out loud when I read them.
Starting with verse 6–“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” This has been humbling week so far for me. There was yesterday, and then today just added to the humble hubbub.
And I can’t explain it, but I can just feel God’s grace washing over me in the middle of it all. And unlike salt in a fresh wound, this grace pouring down my body and soul has a cooling, soothing, healing effect as it seeps into my cuts and rips and gaps and makes them whole.
Thank you, Jesus.
Verse 9 (be wretched and mourn and weep) was one of those laugh-out-loud verses, because that’s exactly what I did yesterday without even realizing it was in today’s text. Be wretched? Sure, I can be wretched! (I can’t read/hear the word “wretched” anymore without thinking of the Cosby Show episode where Vanessa and her friends sneak off to Baltimore to see the Wretched in concert–hilarious!)
And The Message version of verse 9 is even better: hit bottom and cry your eyes out. Don’t mind if I do.
Verse 8, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you,” is a huge comfort.
Verses 13-16 (“Tomorrow we’re going to go to such-and-such and do such-and-such and that’s that.”) are good reminders for our five weeks in Cambodia. We’re praying about how much itinerary-making to do and how much to leave up to God. I like the imagery of writing our to-do (go, see) list on a dry-erase board and giving God the tissue (and an extra marker). And I’ll stop right there, because how cheesy.
And last, but not least, verse 17: “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
It’s not enough to obey the “don’t” commands in Scripture. We’ve got to to obey the “do” ones too. And caring for the poor is at the top of Jesus’ Do List.
1. What do you think of verses 2-3 (you do not have because you do not ask, you ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly)?
2. Any humbling + grace stories to share?
3. What verse are you clinging to (or cringing at) today?