Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 209/260: Read James 4

The son of David wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Among the contrasts in the verses following that statement, he says, “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (Ecclesiastes 3:4).

We must be aware of our surroundings, of those things that are being promoted as good or bad, and look at the Scriptural basis for such things. When our governments begin to exalt sin as normal, Christians must take a stand. When our governments tear down the morality of God, Christians must take a stand.

I am reminded of the inspired words of the prophet, who wrote, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” (Isaiah 5:20-21).

When politicians, celebrities, talk show hosts, athletes, and other influencers contradict the Word of God, we must stand up and speak out. James says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.”

Are we currently in “a time to weep” or “a time to laugh”?

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

James 1:22. But be ________________ of the word, and not ________________ only, deceiving yourselves.

Pray

Pray for those who do not respect God’s Word. Pray that someone might be able to reach them and soften their hearts toward the truth.

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