All I Have Is You
Verse 9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position.
We go from talking about how we need to be focused on Jesus to ask for wisdom, to a quick side note about some things that can distract us from keeping our focus on God.
Money is something that easily takes our attention away from God. And it isn’t always the amassing of money that takes our focus. There are those who don’t have much in the way of financial means. They struggle to make ends meet and it isn’t always because of laziness. Maybe there was a lack of education, health or maybe life choices. It isn’t something that they should be shown prejudice towards because of. In fact the people we are talking about aren’t looking for handouts but often just plug along doing the best they can.
Jesus told His disciples that there would always be poor among them and He wasn’t telling them that they needed to rescue these people from their circumstances. Remember that Jesus and James were sons in a poor family. They didn’t bemoan their humble beginnings in fact it gave James just the insight he needed to make this point that is before us today. He had seen it firsthand and knew the truth of what he wrote.
Why would anyone take pride in being of humble means? Remember that James isn’t talking about the poor of every condition, he was writing to believers who had been scattered because of their belief in Jesus and may not have gained financial stability in their new homes. The key to not fretting being of lower means comes from seeing God as your sole provider.
Jesus had reminded His listeners during the Sermon on the Mount that God provides for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field so why should God’s people worry about their needs. That word ‘needs’ is a key word. Those who live with smaller means know what needs are and what wants are. They know how to keep their focus on God because they know that He is their provider. They know their position with God because they know they are in need of Him. They may even be content with their position because they know how their needs keep them in connection with their Great Provider.
Making It Personal
Have you ever had a time in your life where you had to rely on His provision for a length of time? Was there some way that God provided in a special way? Do you rely on Him for your needs?
Making It Personal Kids
What are some things that are needs? What are some things that are just wants? What are the things that God provides for us?
Father, thank You for being our provider. Whether you have given us just enough to make ends meet or more than we know what to do with, we thank You for what You have given. In Jesus’ name, amen.