I don’t like a lot of change. I’m prone to like routine, and thrive on knowing what to expect. I like planning, and organization. So, when trials or obstacles, or even good change come my way, my first reaction is usually to try and control it, and when inevitably I realize that I can’t, I get anxious or stressed!
Can you relate? (Take a deep breath if you can…I know even thinking about it can stress me out!)
James is still talking to all these tribes of new believers. They are scattered all over the region, without friends, without their strong Christian leaders whom they trusted and loved so dearly. And, to top things off, they were under persecution and lots of trial. It doesn’t exactly sound fun; does it?
He writes them, “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.” (James 1:9-11).
He first points out how easy it is to take comfort in the things around us. It’s so easy to rely on ourselves and not on God. He often takes away to remind us of our deep need and reliance on Him. While I appreciate and love that God wants us to rely solely on Him, it scares me to think I’m going to need to be humbled!
However, James goes on in verse 12, “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.”
He tells us we are blessed when we go through trials and stand strong in the Lord. So today:
- What trial or temptation do you feel like you may need humbling from?
- Confess where you aren’t relying on God solely, or where you might be trying to do something within your own strength.
- Ask Him to give you peace whether you are in a trial or not, and to remind you today of His love and how He is in control of everything.