James – Monday, April 6
Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider 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.
Again we have the subject of judgment and the Judge, topics that are frequently addressed in this epistle. Here we see the Judge standing at the door; that is, He is ready to close the door of salvation to those who refuse to believe (Luke 13:23-30).
As He stands at this door He is ready to render judgment. For the true believer, that judgment will not be a heaven or hell decision, but rather, a decision concerning rewards (2 Corinthians 5:10). We will appear before the bema seat, which is where He will evaluate how we lived our lives as Christians. While we ourselves are saved from hell, some of our works (i.e. what we did) will be burned, and other works will be abundantly rewarded (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).
Therefore, we must not grumble or groan against other believers. Others should not have that much power over us, anyway!
Many others have patiently endured the trials of suffering—prophets who suffered much, and also Job, the incredible man who trusted God even when he had no idea why everything had happened to him. The Lord feels all of our pain, however, and like a dose of medicine, injects His mercy right into our situations.
Daily Devotional Book • James Application Questions
1. How are you preparing for the bema seat of Jesus Christ? What is your life plan that will ensure that you receive a full reward (2 John 1:8)?
2. Make a list of anyone that you may have grumbled or groaned about. Now pray for each name on that list, specifically thanking God for them and asking His blessing upon their lives.
3. How do Job’s trials and suffering compare with what you are going through right now? Why do we need his and others examples?