Meditation Commentary on James 5:9-12

 

9Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! 10My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 11Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord; that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. 12But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your "Yes," be "Yes," and your "No," "No," lest you fall into judgment.

 

            How often do we murmur and complain? So much more than is pleasing to the Lord! As a simple example, I think of our school’s trip to China. Our group was stationed there in Pinghu, China ministering to students, teaching them English. If I am not mistaken (which I’m sure of), we had heat in our rooms, along with cold AND hot water. We even had purified, bottled water provided for us at our hotel. We had 3 warm meals each day. Not only did we have the meals, they were provided for us at no cost. We did not have to walk anywhere that we did not want to – transportation was provided to every location we needed. We even had an armed guard watching over our personal belongings while at the school! With the presence of all these wonderful things, we still found room to fit in some “grumbling against one another.” None of our complaints were necessarily “serious,” however, they were complaints and we did have it quite well over there.

            As I think of the thousands of Christians who are constantly persecuted for Christ’s sake, it is extremely humbling. The same is true when I think back to the “prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord.” How they must have truly suffered for the name of Jesus! I think of Job and how ALL of his earthly possessions were stripped from him – including his health, and am humbled at the thought of the way that I act sometimes, even when it might be a “joke.”

My desire is to be someone who God will bless, because I have proven myself strong. Not strong in my own earthly strength, but mighty in Spirit and strong due to my faith in Him. God will give his children the strength that is necessary in order to overcome the various trials that we go through. I need not lose sight of this fact.

 

By Zachary Childers