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May 5 – James 1:9-11

In May, we are spending 4 weeks in the book of James–a how-to book on being a Christian. Our study uses the SOAP method of Bible study to seek an application for each reading (not sure what this is? Check out the What’s SOAP? tab). We have provided an example SOAP note below today’s reading. Join in this study by completing the daily readings and journaling using SOAP, and you are welcome to use the Comments section at the bottom of our homepage to share or ask questions.

Reading: James 1:9-11

Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.


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James 1:11


Trials and temptations are not a respecter of persons; they affect the rich and the poor, alike.  A rich person feels less need for God because they think they can provide for themselves, while a poor person may have no other hope than to trust in God.


Whatever we do to fill our time and give our lives meaning, the only thing that will last is our faith in Christ.  It would do us well to remind ourselves that Jesus is better than all of the things we strive for, whether that be money, beauty, power, status, approval….  Only through a relationship with Christ will I find true significance, security, and acceptance.  All other pursuits are fleeting.


Dear God, Thank You for reminding me that You can provide for me better than any possible way I can provide for myself.  Forgive my self-reliance.  Please open my heart to receive both the blessings and the trials that come my way, with humility, asking You to walk by my side. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Discover One Thing main website has more resources on the SOAP method of Bible study. Click HERE to go to the website.