As business leaders, I am certain you are not unfamiliar with humble circumstances. The book of James tells us that we are to take pride in this “high” position. However, most of us would not consider humble circumstances a high position. Success in business after all means, being on top, being wealthy, attaining favour and status or having the power to influence.


“Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position.” – James 1:9


However, Jesus influenced not from power, but from humility.

The success story of  J C Penney is synonymous with humble beginnings. He first launched his chain of ‘The Golden Rule’ stores in 1907. In 1910 his first wife died. Three years later he incorporated the J.C. Penney company. In 1923 his second wife died giving birth to his son. In 1929 the stock market crashed during the great depression and he lost $40 million.

By 1932, he had to sell out to satisfy…creditors. This left [Penney] virtually broke. Crushed in spirit from his loss with his health suddenly failing, he found himself one morning, hearing the distant singing of employees who gathered to start the day with God: “Be not dismayed, whate’er betide, God will take care of you…” was the morning song of thanksgiving and praise.

Penney followed the music to its source and slipped into a back row. The more he listened, the more God touched him. He left a short time later a changed man. His health and spirit renewed – ready to start the long climb back at age 56. By 1951 there was a J C Penney store in every state, and for the first time sales surpassed $1 billion a year.

The success of J C Penney can be traced to God’s mercy in his life to bring him out of his humble circumstances.

Do you find yourself in humble circumstances? God is the only One who can help you see your humble circumstances from His viewpoint as a high position. The place of strength, shaping, revealing and alignment.

It is a high position because of what God is able to teach you in this place. He does not intend you to stay there. It is merely a temporary stopping place to learn something eternally important that you would not learn otherwise.

Press into God and trust Him for the outcome of your circumstances!