Some people feel wealthier than they are.
Other people are wealthier than they feel.
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,
It might seem like James has just changed the subject, but I don’t think he has. He is still talking about trials, for they have a way of putting us in a “lowly” position – perhaps financially, emotionally, or physically. It’s in that lowly position that we are most likely to lean on Jesus for support. He then raises us to a height that we could never reach on our own.
It’s like when your car breaks down, and you take it to your mechanic. He needs to keep it for a few days, so he gives you a loaner that is better than any car you can afford. You drive it around town, feeling a lot wealthier than you are.
Except that trusting Jesus is even better than that, for He makes us wealthier than we feel. He makes us rich in spiritual things that we may not have experienced had our lives not broken down in some way.
Why would James tell us to boast in our exaltation? Isn’t boasting something we are not supposed to do? In this case, it’s a good thing because we are boasting in Christ, and what He has done for us.
Today’s Good News is that for believers in Jesus, our trials lead to our exaltation.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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