Brace yourselves. This verse will take you for a ride...
Believers who are 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.
Does this verse rattle anyone else up?!? I can't stop thinking about that first line in particular.
Jesus-followers who are poor, low in spirit have something to rejoice about. What the junk?! And the Greek word for "poor" even translates to mean stricken with grief or depressed....
Side not: does anyone who believes in the prosperity gospel even read the Bible?! Whoever thought becoming a Christian meant they would get showered with shiny Cadillacs and hundred dollar bills was seriously smoking something
SO many verses point us to what God says is worth boasting about. And in this case, it shakes me to my core to think that I do the opposite of James 1:9-10. I despair over lack of wealth, suffering, hardship-definitely not a boaster of that stuff. How do I even get to being able to boast about that??? Enlighten me please if you know.
I don't know a whole heck of a lot, but I know these verses have my full attention and yet again completey tear down the misconstrued version of Jesus that I have created for myself.
I want to see Jesus for who He really was-not who I want him to be. Amen.