9 Brothers and sisters who are poor should find satisfaction in their high status. 10 Those who are wealthy should find satisfaction in their low status, because they will die off like wildflowers. 11 The sun rises with its scorching heat and dries up the grass so that its flowers fall and its beauty is lost. Just like that, in the midst of their daily lives, the wealthy will waste away. 12 Those who stand firm during testing are blessed. They are tried and true. They will receive the life God has promised to those who love him as their reward. 13 No one who is tested should say, “God is tempting me!” This is because God is not tempted by any form of evil, nor does he tempt anyone. 14 Everyone is tempted by their own cravings; they are lured away and enticed by them. 15 Once those cravings conceive, they give birth to sin; and when sin grows up, it gives birth to death. 16 Don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. (James 1:9-16, CEB)
The poor should find satisfaction in their high status?
The wealthy should find satisfaction in their low status?
What does that mean? It seems the author of James is not sure what they are saying. But then we get, that no one should say God is testing them when they are tested because we are led into testing because of our own cravings. God doesn’t give us what we an handle, God walks with through what we are facing.
And the one who stands firm regardless of what comes their way is the one who will know God is with them.
So stand firm, and trust that God is always with you.
Love People. Love God.