In Philippians 4:19 it says:
‘And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.’ [NIV]
Do we take God at His word? Do we really trust that God will provide for our needs? Or do we seek to rely on our own strength and resources?
Now listen you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you... Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourself in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you. James 5: 1, 4 – 6 [NIV]
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money”. Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
James 4: 13-14 [NIV]
James takes issue with the businessman – not because he wants to make money, not because he plans for the future, but because he thinks the future is under his control. He boasts about what he can do but he leaves God out of the equation.
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred towards God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
James 4:4-5 [NIV]
The Bible sees the church as fundamentally opposed to what it calls the world. It all boils down to values – the church standing for self-denial and following Christ (Luke 9: 23), and the world standing for self-centredness and following the spirit of the age.
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
James 2: 14 – 17 [NIV]