Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.
This passage seems confusing when you first read it. James seems to be encouraging the humble to be proud and telling the rich to be proud because they are humiliated…….
I read several commentary notes this morning, and I want to try and briefly share what I learned.
First, if you find yourself struggling financially today but are confident in your faith, rejoice and GLORY in the fact that when this world ends you are an heir to the throne of God!! This life is fleeting, so no matter what conditions you may live under at this moment, you are PROMISED the riches of Heaven!! The poor may be tempted to long for riches on this earth and may even become obsessed with gaining more, but if they remember that God has prepared for them a mansion in Heaven maybe they will step back and relax, being thankful for the promises of the Bible and knowing that in the end………they are enough.
Second, if you find yourself in a place of financial peace or prosperity this morning, remember that everything you own, everything you’ve worked hard for, will one day pass away. It is easy to work and work and work to have more, but truly the only wealth that matters is the treasures stored up in Heaven.
I love this quote I read this morning,
“When the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.”
Because of this truth, humble yourself and remember that your true riches are in Christ and because of this knowledge share what you have with those who are struggling…..
On a personal level, I feel rich this morning. Not that we have no financial pressures or that we own a fancy house and fancy cars…………..
But we have a roof over our head, food in our pantry and frig, and blankets to keep us warm.
Many in this world do not.
Because of this knowledge, I am humbled this morning. How am I sharing with the struggling? Am I thankful as I look around my house? Do I live a life of selflessness when it comes to my money?
I love that no matter which side of the financial world we find ourselves on, God reminds us that our glory should be in Him and in Him alone.
No need to worry.
No need to boast.
Just lean back and trust……………………..in His love and His promises!