Devotion for Wednesday, August 3, 2022

“Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth” (James 5:4).

Do we cheat?  Do not answer that question so quickly.  We all like our cheap goods, produced by labor somewhere else.  We like to have the better deal.  Sin is sloppy and many are unaware how we participate in transactions at the expense of others.  Be that as it may, be as fair as you can be.  Know that the Lord holds you accountable for what you do and do not.

Lord, raise my awareness so that I see how things truly are.  When possible, lead me away from doing things that come at the expense of others.  Guide me in Your goodness to not only know these things, but to be gracious and generous to those who are walked on by others.  Lead me, Lord, in the way of everlasting life and teach me to be conscientious and caring of the welfare of others.

Lord Jesus, You did not come to be served, but to serve.  In Your example, help me to understand that in You I am called to also serve my neighbor.  Help me to be an encouragement to others by being fair, aware, and caring.  Guide me by Your example and teach my heart to be sensitive to every situation.  Lead me, O Lord, so that I may now and always be guided by You.  Amen.