“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 complete and mature, not lacking anything.
“If anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all with 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 believe 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. But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wildflower.’
We are doing a great job of memorizing James 1! We’re ready for verse 11:
‘ For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossoms falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even as he goes about his business.’
This is a poetic picture of what will happen to all of our worldly wealth. It will be withered and destroyed.
If our identity is attached to what we own and the money we have, we will fade away into nothing along with our wealth.
How easy it is to get distracted by money and owning things, isn’t it? Our world bombards us with this message constantly. We step into the flow of our culture, focusing on more and better stuff and suddenly we find ourselves up to our eyebrows in debt with our stuff owning us. When we look up, we wonder how we got there.
God tells us through James that all of our earthly riches will fade away and be destroyed.
Verse 12 is a good verse to repeat to ourselves when we feel that tug of ‘more, better, newer’ happening in our minds.
Thank you for your truth, dear Father.