Encouragement10 Jan 2006 11:19 am

James 5 1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

¶ James 5 13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil Mk. 6.13 in the name of the Lord:
15 and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
17 Eli’jah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 1 Kgs. 17.1 ; 18.1
18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, 1 Kgs. 18.42-45 and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Payday is Friday. Today is Tuesday. Between the two days sit numerous expenditures. I was lamenting the lack of funds this morning as I contemplated the day. The kids were starting their performance tests at school, and they would need a good breakfast. Cereal was gone, as was bread. I decided that I would go get bacon, eggs and flour for biscuits. This would last us all week.

I simmered all morning about the financial situation. After breakfast, I prepared the budget for the next month, and saw that once again, we would be tight on funds all month. God directed me to read James 5. James 5 was not a passage that I had consciously read before.

The first verses condemn the rich and those that covet material things. That was me, guilty as charged. The second passages however offered support for those that struggled, and called for a strengthening of patience.

I am taking these words to heart.

God, please help me to seek your words for answers, and to find comfort in those answers.

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