1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. 2 Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! 4 Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. 5 You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you (James 5).
The other day I began watching for the first time the movie classic Giant, which won Best Picture in 1956. Its theme reflects the very truths in these verses: the rich taking advantage of the poor. And I’m thinking, “This movie classic has been around since I was two years old, even won Best Picture—and yet I never saw it until just a few days before reading these verses during my devotions.”
It is another example of the Providence of God in our lives. Through personal experiences (even watching just the first 30 minutes of an old movie) the Lord prepares us to hear and understand truth, which we may have otherwise overlooked and taken for granted.
I know, I have not even addressed the truths of these verses themselves. Rather, today’s devotion is but a side thought to the words that truly speak for themselves.
Lord, we praise You for Your wonderful Providence! Help us This Day to pay attention to what You are trying to teach us. Amen.