‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, when you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
‘If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord, he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
‘The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.’
How are you doing in memorizing James 1? When we ask God to help us write his word upon our hearts, its amazing what he can do! We’re up to verse 10:
“But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower.”
Those of us blessed with significant earthly goods (which is most of us in the United States) need to understand our true position of sinful poverty in front of a holy and perfect God.
When we’re in that mindset, we know just how badly we need the free gift of grace that God offers us. Our money, our possessions, our influence – they are nothing. They pass away just like a wild flower.
Only God remains. And our relationship with him. For eternity.
Thank you, Abba Father.