9 Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them. 10 And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field. 11 The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements.
The letter of James says nothing different then the rest of God’s word, and that is said for Christian who believe the God of the New Testament is somehow different. If any biblical person knew how to walk away from the luxurys of the rich and famous it was Moses. Most of us know his Hebrew mother put Moses in a basket, placed him on a river and prayed to God, that her son would live, grow to be very old. Moses was found the daughter of the king of Egypt, she thought he was beautiful and raised Him as an Egypt and loved him as her own son. I can imagine Moses got the best Egyptian education, ate the best food, slept in a comfort linen bed and he had a lot of power. According to Josephus, the Jewish historian Moses had great power in Egyptian empire, he even served a general of the Pharaoh’s military and had a major victory. But Moses ran away from all that power to save a Hebrew slave he saw being beaten. We all know the story of God using Moses to free the Hebrew from slavery and how Moses wrote the five books of the Torah, but Moses wrote Psalm chapter 90. Psalm 90 reflects the same words as James 1:9-11. In Moses Psalm 90 writing he says human life is temporary just like James says all our treasures fade away. Moses didn’t write about wealth or poverty but he did write something humans treasure very much, our lifespan. Moses even writes about the trials and tribulation during our limited lifespan, that James talks about in his letter to the believers of Jesus.
Psalm 90:10 Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away. 11 Who can comprehend the power of your anger? Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve. 12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
God honors His children and they are content with what they have , whether they are rich or poor, if they have a short or long life. Being content with whatever wealth we have or don’t have, keeps one sea storm like trials and tribulation in their life. Being content at whatever achievements we have done in life, is also a relief away from anxiety. A bondservant of God will be honored by Him. doesn’t matter if the person is dishwasher, attorney, sanitation worker, US President or a mother. Give thanks to the Lord whatever you do or have, you will receive your greater heavenly reward one day. God bless you all, Jehovah-Jireh loves you and so do I. Samuel H.
1 Samuel 2:7 The Lord makes poor and rich; He humbles, He also exalts.
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