The Root Endures

James 1:11 (KJV)

For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

The analogy is of the “glory” of the rich man. In order to get the full analogy, we must consider,

James 1:9–12 (KJV)
Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:
But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
Blessed isthe man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

  • The man himself is as the grass.
  • His riches as the flower of the grass.
  • The sun is a likeness of the temptation he endures, wilting the flower and making dull the glory of his riches.

Here’s the thing.
The flower may perish, and the blade may wilt, but grassroots are some of the most enduring of all plant species. When everything on the surface has died away the roots, the true life of that grass, endures.

If we, who are believers, are to ever glory in the Lord as He deserves, all that is our own glory must dull to nothingness.[1] Never worry. Your life in Christ is eternal and your crown with Christ is far more glorious than any wealth of this world.

[1] Not necessarily that we have none of this wealth. It is only, that in means so little to us.

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James 1:11 (KJV) The Root Endures

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