James 1:9-12 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.
In the first verses of this chapter the apostle James tells us that we should consider it “joy” when we face trials, particularly trials resulting from our faith in Jesus Christ. True, trials and difficulties are no fun, but we understand there is an eternal reality we are embracing through our faith in Jesus.
Compared to eternity, this life will pass in the blink of an eye.
James warns those of us who live a “prosperous life”. We work our tails off in order to achieve things now, which can be a problem. Why? Because this life is over before you know it – then what?
Let me ask you a serious question. Where are your priorities today? How are you making time for eternal things, not simply material things that are here today, gone tomorrow? In some ways I realize I’m preaching to the choir. The fact that you’re here now, reading this reflection, tells me you’re on the right track. Let this be an encouragement for you today.
Lord Jesus, prosperity is nice, but it’s very temporary. Give us grace to invest in eternal things today, for the things of the spirit last forever. We ask this in your holy name. Amen.