The schedule for this spiritual boot camp will be Monday – Friday. We will take Saturday and Sunday off and give you time to catch up or meditate on what you learned earlier in the week. Today we will be looking at James 1:9-12.
9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 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.
Trials, challenges and difficulties can be the great equalizer between the rich and the poor, because regardless of your income level, you will face struggles in your life. These verses aren’t about wealth alone. The subject of the verb “pass away” isn’t riches, but “the one who is rich”. It is about how temporary our money is and how momentary our lives are. “Even while he goes about his business”, so in the midst of everyday life, the end can come. Do you recognize your money is a temporary thing? We are only here on earth for a finite amount of time and when we die, we can’t take our money or our stuff with us.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
What does this verse say we must do in order to be blessed? We must persevere in our trials and survived the test. When we rely on the Lord and His help and guidance in our challenging times, we will be blessed. The Greek word for crown in this verse is “the usual term for the wreath placed on the head of a victorious athlete or military leader”. Imagine the struggle you are facing right now and imagine getting through it being like running a marathon. It requires training and perseverance. Just when you are ready to give up, you cry out to the Lord and He sustains you. Do you need some sustaining by the Lord? Seek the Lord and know you will be rewarded by living a life of faith.