You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder. James 2:19
Belief in a god is common around the world. The majority of people believe in some type of god. In some areas the number of those who believe in a god is higher than other areas, but it is common everywhere.
Although the numbers appear to be dropping, there is a high majority of people in America who claim to believe that there is a god or God out there. As many believe this, they will also say that one cannot really know this god or God.
Looking at people who claim to believe that there is God, James tells them that is good, but it is not enough. Even Satan and the demons believe that God is real. Satan has met with God personally more than one time over the centuries. There is no doubt in their minds at all that God is real, but they do not serve Him or have faith in Him.
The demons believe and shudder. They fear God, because they know that He is the ultimate power and authority in all of the universe. They know that in the end they will be judged by their actions and refusal to obey Him.
There is more to faith than just saying one believes that God exists. While many people claim to believe in God, very few actually live as though they believe it. They do not give God the authority in their life that He deserves. They openly and proudly do actions that are against God. They refuse to obey Him. They don’t see God as One who will judge their actions in the end.
Right before this verse, James talked about showing faith through actions. As a believer, you must do more than just claim to believe in God or Jesus, you must act upon it.
These actions are being His witness at every possible opportunity. It is obeying every command He gives you. It is showing love and mercy to every person, whether family, friend, enemy or stranger.
Be willing to show the world that you believe in God, not just claim it. Do not be like many in this world who only claim to believe in Him. Be separate and different from the rest of the world and even many in the church.
Really believe in God and act upon it.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God’s word and commands; that you will act upon your belief in God; and that your life will show that you believe in God.
And he said to the human race, “The fear of the LORD–that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” Job 28:28
The author had talked about how mankind can find many different things, but was unable to find wisdom and understanding. Those things are hidden from natural sight. God is the One who sees and understands everything. He is the One who is in control of everything. God then tells every person that to fear the Lord is wisdom and to turn from evil is understanding.
People can read and hear about God and the ways He does things. Reading the Bible gives a lot of information about God. The history of how God works in the lives of many people can be found in the stories in the Bible. The characteristics of God can be found in the Bible.
Reading the Bible alone and doing nothing with it does not have any real value in life. There are people who study the Bible because they see it as a great piece of literature, not as God’s Word and how to know God, and how to live and please God. Outside of a literature book, it means nothing to them.
When a person reads the Bible, he can get to know who God is and what God wants. This is where the fear of the Lord should begin. Fear, in this case, is not one of being afraid, but of extreme respect. Respecting God for who He is and accepting that He is in control. Accepting these things is wise.
Once a believer has a proper fear of the Lord, it should make him want to turn away from evil. He will realize that God does not want him to sin in any way. Turning from evil is understanding who God is and what God wants for his life.
Understanding how things work in this world is good, but will not help you for eternity. Being wise in how to apply the understanding of things of this world may help some in this world, but, again, will not save you for judgement.
The only things that really matter in life, is knowing and understanding who God is and what He wants. You need to have a proper fear of the Lord in your life. Then you must turn from all sin and serve Him.
Do you have wisdom and understanding?
I pray today that you will know who God is; that you will understand what God desires; that you will know God’s plan for your life; and that you will turn from all sin.
“They called to the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!'” Revelation 6:16
In John’s vision he saw a time in the future where the scroll was opened up by Jesus, the only One who could open it. As the scroll was opened up there was great disaster and destruction done to the earth and everyone on it. The scroll was the wrath of Jesus being poured out upon the earth.
For the last 2,000 years, at least at this point in time, Jesus has been patient with mankind. He has reached out in love and mercy to draw all people to Him. Yet, many have rejected Him. Others have claimed to follow Him, but did not. Others have cursed His name.
Jesus had died an extremely painful death on the cross for every person and yet many do not want to follow Him. His anger against people who are like that will be great.
Think about the times when someone has done wrong to you. How angry do you get? If you are like most people, it is very angry. You want vengeance for the wrong done. you want the person punished.
God is no different. There will come a time when God will punish every person for the wrongs done to Him. In all the wrongs done to you, none is so great as what has been done wrong to Jesus. He gave His life for you and every person. What more could He have given.
In the future when God’s wrath will be poured out, all mankind would rather die than be in the way of that wrath. It will be a time that is unparalleled in history. Nothing will ever have been like it.
To avoid the great wrath of Jesus, you must be willing to follow Him with all of your life. Accept what Jesus has done for you and given you.
Along with that, pass that information on to every person you meet. Do you really want to see others go through His wrath? That is the whole of the gospel message. Jesus does not want to punish but to save, but if He has to, He will punish.
You do not want to go through His wrath.
I pray today that you will serve Jesus with all of your life; that you will accept what Jesus has done for you; that you will tell others of what Jesus has done for them; and that God will show His love and mercy on you.