My time in the word the last two weeks has been spent in the book of James. The words of James have been so relevant and reassuring and helpful that I am set to reside in this book for the next few weeks. With MacArthur Commentary in hand, the time has been very rich. It is exciting. My reading is often filled with stops and starts, but the Spirit has really been giving me the resolve that is needed to be consistent.
I wanted to share a few of the most striking verses tonight before heading to bed:
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
Very clear commands and statements. I find them to be very challenging and I hope that they bring you some encouragement and some appropriate discomfort today, as they have for me.
Somewhere in the world, at this very moment, there may be a little person that I will be able to teach these things to, and I will be able to tell them they were loved even before they were “known.”