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“But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court?  Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called?” (James 2:6-7)

It is a funny thing, but we honor the rich and often we want to be like them.  If we have experienced want, or times when others seemed to be adding to their wealth at our expense, then we understand what it is to be the poor man.  The Lord is after the attitude of our heart.  Neither wealth nor poverty mean anything.  How you are before the Lord and others is what matters.

Lord, I once heard a very poor man say, “I may be poor, but I am not destitute.”  I have met one rich man who was generous.  I have seen the two sides in harmony, but I have also seen the two sides live sinfully, showing partiality.  Help me to walk humbly with You and regardless my position in life to be content with what I have.  You have shown me that all of this (whatever is around me) is temporary, but that You, the Creator of all things, are forever.

Lord Jesus, the only things You left were Your garments, which were gambled for. You lived each day in whatever provision was available, even making provision for others when You fed thousands.  Help me live in Your example and regardless of what I do or do not have, live in complete dependence upon You.  Guide me this day, Lord, to walk humbly with You, knowing that in You alone is all hope and a future.  Amen.