Jms. 1:9-11 “Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation – since they will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom fails and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.”
The Amplified Bible indicates that the believer who is poor can glory in the fact that he is elevated to true riches as an heir of God in Christ. The rich can be grateful that they are shown their human frailty if it causes them to trust God.
Jms. 1:12 “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”
I find great comfort in the confidence that there is genuine purpose underlying any trial I experience. I am not a patient person. There is much work to be done in me in to develop that character quality, that fruit of the Spirit. I’m going to repeat what I said when commenting on the first verses in James. Of course I would prefer to select the kind and intensity of trial I will face but I don’t get to do that. What I do get is the privilege of trusting the decisions of the God who made me, loves me, died to redeem me and make me his own. He knows what it will take to make me the follower he wants me to be. I want to be that follower!