My Journey Through James

James 1:9-11 MSG

When down-and-outers get a break, cheer! And when the arrogant rich are brought down to size, cheer! Prosperity is as short-lived as a wildflower, so don’t ever count on it. You know that as soon as the sun rises, pouring down its scorching heat, the flower withers. Its petals wilt and, before you know it, that beautiful face is a barren stem. Well, that’s a picture of the “prosperous life.” At the very moment everyone is looking on in admiration, it fades away to nothing.

James 1:9-11 ERV

Believers who are poor should be glad that God considers them so important. Believers who are rich should be glad when bad things happen that humble them. Their riches won’t keep them from disappearing as quickly as wildflowers. As the sun rises and gets hotter, its heat dries up the plants, and the flowers fall off. The flowers that were so beautiful are now dead. That’s how it is with the rich. While they are still making plans for their business, they will die

James 1:9-11 NLT

Believers who are[a] poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them. And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field. 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.


Prosperous– successful in material terms; flourishing financially; bringing wealth and success.

Now I have to admit when I first read these verses, I was so confused and I was like- what is James talking about? It took me a while to actually understand what the verses were saying. The first verse, James 1:9, explains how poor people need to be cheerful that God has honored them by keeping them poor and saving them the deception that can occur when a person is rich. Also the verse details how the rich should be grateful when something awful happens to them- for God will humble them during that tough season of life. They will realize what really matters in life. Being rich, having all the nice gems in the world is not important. Not only are they not important, but in James 1:10-11 it explains how they will wither away. The achievements, success, the money, the business deals, none of that will last forever in our life nor will they fill voids in our life. What God showed me in these verses is that I should not count on the materialistic lifestyle. The lifestyle of “money can buy anything”. The lifestyle, where I am so caught up with money, success, and achievements that I am missing out on what really matters. The “prosperous life” is a life full of unfruitfulness. And if we do not have all the money in the world, we should be thanking God instead of wishing we had more. At the end of the day, the “prosperous life” will fade away and it will not be anything to truly admire because it is all gone.

What are your thoughts on James 1:9-11… comment… let’s start a discussion.


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