Read: James 5:1-6 Memorize: James 5:1 Pastor Josh Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2016
With the last chapter of this book James gives a warning to the rich. "Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you." Now there is nothing wrong with having money, but the point James is trying to get across is, what are you seeking to give you joy and happiness. What are you seeking to give you pleasure? Is it possible to be rich and miserable at the same time? Many people in the world who are rich will tell you they thought the more they would get the happier they would be, but it didn't work.
"Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten." Most of what we buy today will rip, tear, go out of style, get lost, or need to be fixed or upgraded. So what is the benefit of hoarding money or things? Can things bring you true joy? Maybe for a period of time but eventually it ends up in the closet or stuffed away somewhere. I Timothy 6:10 "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." Money and things will not bring you true happiness.
"Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days." Have you ever known someone who all they can think about is money and how can they get more money; and it eats away at them like a disease and when they get to the end of their life they have nothing to show for it because they drove everyone else away because of their selfish desires.
"Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth." This is talking about taking things that don't belong to you, like other peoples money. I'm sure you've heard about people who have done that. What did that verse in Timothy say, "For the love of money is the root of all evil..."
"Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter." They just want more but it never satisfies. It's never enough! And because of that what have they done? Verse 6 "Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you." They have run over anyone in their way to get what they want and they don't care who they hurt as long as they get what they want. What are you seeking after to bring you joy and happiness? Phillippians 4:19 "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." That should be enough!