“A Perfect Work” ( James 1: 4-6, WYC ) by Carley Evans

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Patience, steadfastness, determination – James says “patience has a perfect work.” With patience, you may become “perfect and whole, and fail in nothing.” And, if you are not wise enough to be patient, you need only ask God for His wisdom; but when you ask, ask in faith, not doubting. Don’t be like a wave on the sea, moved about at the whim of the moon and the wind.

“patience hath a perfect work, that ye be perfect and whole, and fail in nothing. [soothly patience hath a perfect work, that ye be perfect and whole, in nothing failing.] And if any of you needeth wisdom, ask he of God, which giveth to all men largely [that giveth to all men largely], and upbraideth not; and it shall be given to him. But ask he in faith, and doubt nothing [nothing doubting]; for he that doubteth, is like to a wave of the sea, which is moved and borne about of the wind [the which of wind is moved and borne about].”

The great judge, Solomon speaks of fools as if they are on every street corner; and they are. We rush about, silly for pleasures, intrigued by this, then by that. We buy things to fill our voids. We ask our gods for more things when we tire of old things or exhaust the resources God gives.

Solomon cries out to his own son to flee folly and earnestly seek wisdom. Patience leads to a perfect work.

“Foolishness And Evil” (Psalm 7: 14 – 17, ESV) by Carley Evans

Sometimes wickedness appears synonymous to foolishness (as sometimes righteousness seems to wisdom.)

“And on his own skull his violence descends.”

I think of the young man (approximately 18 to 24) who rides his Harley out across the back roads of — say, South Carolina — without a helmet, at speeds he should avoid. The Harley spins out, the young man is ejected from its seat, and “on his own skull his violence descends.”

“He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole he has made.”

I think of the older man (approximately 35 – 65) who schemes at his place of employment to defraud, embezzle, hide funds who later “falls into the hole that he has made.”

Sometimes, wickedness is synonymous with evil.

“Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies.”

True, premeditated wickedness is hard for me to even imagine. The woman who schemes in advance to murder her elderly husband for an early inheritance. The young couple who defraud a home buyer by covering up serious issues such as a poor foundation or black mold. This sort of evil is akin to a bad movie script, not reality. Yet, there are people who plan to commit wickedness.

“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to His righteousness, and I will sing praise to the Name of the Lord, the Most High.” (Psalm 7: 17)