Thursday - Today's Scripture / Insight - ODB

Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy
James 4:13-17


James warns the rich against arrogant boasting, a worldly and materialistic outlook, and exploiting the poor (James 4:13–17James 5:1–6). Instead of helping believers who were suffering because of persecution, rich believers were exploiting them (James 2:5–7). In contrast, we’re to use our material wealth to do good (James 4:15–17). James reminded self-confident and arrogant wealthy believers who believed they had the future in their hands not only to be aware of the uncertainties, brevity, and frailty of life but also to trust in God who controls it (James 4:14). Alluding to Christ’s parable of the rich man in Luke 12:16–21, he warns that trusting in their own selves is sin. The apostle Paul gave similar advice in 1 Timothy 6:17–19.

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