Everyone faces economic trials

James described both the poor and the comfortable encountering economic trials. Although details of their challenges differ, nonetheless both situations test one’s mettle. Furthermore, both trials go to the heart of the matter.

Fortunately, James offers us a practical path foward filled with uncommon wisdom. He turns our financial perspectives upside down. His counsel reorients us by calling us to reframe how we think about ourselves.

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A little with the Lord

Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it (Proverbs 15:16 ESV).

One of the recurring themes throughout the Proverbs is that peace, righteousness, and the fear of the Jehovah are far superior to wealth. With so much glorification of gain, this is definitely a counter-culture mindset.

It is implicit in almost every culture that those who have are more important than those who do not. Those who have fame are better than those who are unknown. Those who are rich are better than those who are poor. Those who are talented in a visible way are better than those whose talents exhibit themselves in more modest ways. Privation is seen as a character flaw and possession is seen as proof of a superior person. Continue reading “A little with the Lord”

Hunger driven

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6 NKJV).

Though I am not a trained anthropologist or social scientist, and much less a psychologist or psychiatrist, I believe it is safe to say that simple hunger is one of the most powerful motivating forces in the human experience. Probably more time and energy has been expended worldwide throughout history in the pursuit of the next meal than in any other single endeavor.

People in prosperous, developed countries with a minimal percentage of chronically malnourished people might not truly appreciate the above assertion. But those who spend time in overpopulated, underdeveloped, and impoverished nations can testify to its validity. Millions go to bed hungry every night. Millions awaken with no certainty of even a marginally adequate diet during the day. Continue reading “Hunger driven”