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  • Writer's pictureTodd Render


Updated: Jun 10, 2019

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In the Bible they talk about coming from “humble circumstances” (James 1:9). I was one of five kids in a military family growing up either on base or in a small house off-base where I shared a room with one, two or all three of my brothers. (My little sister being the only girl lucked out with her own room.)

After multiple degrees and marriage and two incomes, it still took years to work off college debt and save up the down payment for a house, but we ended up in a place with a good income and no debt except for the mortgage.

Don’t you find that either place can be a test, whether have a little or having a lot? The Bible says:

  • "Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the LORD?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” (Proverbs 30:7-9NIV)

It’s not that the disparity is necessarily wrong or evil, but the heart attitude we draw from our circumstances can become temptations for us, either being well off – or not, either out of pride - or envy, from being judgmental - or jealous, that we can be tested and tried from our circumstances on either end of the spectrum.

One of the beautiful things about God is that, for those who love Him, blessing can come despite our present circumstances:

  • “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 falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business. Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial, because having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” (Jam 1:9-12 NIV)


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