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James 5:1-11 Devotional – Day 1

By February 20, 2023Daily Devotional

ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness

GOD IS JUST God is righteous and holy, fair and equitable in all things. We can trust Him to always do what is right. 

Psalm 75:1-3 We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds. God says, “At the time I have planned, I will bring justice against the wicked.
When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil, I am the one who keeps its foundations firm.

Praise God that He brings justice at the right time. Praise God that He is near and nothing escapes His notice. Praise God that His justice is righteous and holy. His justice is perfect.

CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100

SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.

  • Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
  • Pray for Austin and Jenni. Pray for the team that they serve with grow closer to one another and be effective as ministers together in the gospel.


James 5:1-11
New International Version
5 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.

7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!

10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


Many movies and classic storylines build up a plotline of injustice, finally concluding with evil doers experiencing judgment. If movies or stories end without justice being served, we are very unsatisfied or maybe even angry. This anger or exasperation is even more profound when we experience injustice in real life. We want justice; it is built into us. However, when we rightly deserve justice, we hope for grace. Even those who admit they are wrong and deserving of judgment long for grace. This too is built into us. When we see only grace and no judgment, we know something is missing. When we see only judgment and no grace, we know something is missing. As you read the news of the enormous amount of injustice in the world, or as you reflect on some injustice you are suffering even now, take heart in the final justice of God. He hears and he sees and he will act. As you reflect on your own heart and the judgement that you rightly deserve, take heart in the grace of God extended to you in his Son.

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