Devotion for Monday, August 1, 2022

“Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you.  Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten” (James 5:1-2).

It is no sin to have things, but if your things have you, then watch out.  This was the warning that Jesus gave.  Too many are wrapped up in their possessions and do not think about the reality of the offer the Lord is giving them to lift up their souls to be with Him eternally.  Do not fall into the trap of thinking these things do not matter.  They are essential for eternal life and the reality of the direction you are heading.

Lord, help me to understand that on the one hand it does not matter, but on the other it is critical about how much I have and cling to.  It is critical if I let the things I have become what I worship.  Teach me to be rich in You and grow in the likeness of Christ.  Help me to invest in higher things which cannot be taken away, nor rust, and cannot be destroyed.  Help me turn my life over to You.

Lord Jesus, You have come to rescue us from all the traps of this world.  I own nothing and I own everything.  Both are true when I am in You.  Regardless of what the world says I have, help me to see that these are just things, but You are Truth itself.  Lead me, O Lord, in the way You have established so that I may walk humbly in the path You have set before me.  Guide me now and always.  Amen.