MONEY. This five letter word seems to hold so much power over us. We fight for it, over it, let it weigh us down and “jump through hoops” to get it.
I admit it has controlled me at times. So sad for something so fleeting and impersonal to become our elusive source of security. My mind immediately goes to the story of “The Prodigal Son” ( Luke 15:11-32). He left His Father’s House “loaded”. He had the wealth people endeavor to have.
I have looked at Him and said, “He had poor money management skills”, but look a little deeper. I have tried to prove this theory of mine, but regardless of whether he followed “Dave Ramsey” or another financial guru, he was not connected to the “Source” of his wealth. Luke 15:14 says, “He had spent everything, when a bad famine spread through that whole land. Soon he had nothing to eat. ” See, there was a famine in the land, and yes, it says he wasted money and squandered his wealth, but during this economical downturn, he had no connection to the source of his wealth.
In the same way, we look to our boss, jobs, and the next “big” financial wave as our safety net and financial savior, when we have finite, mistake-making people over us, no guarantees, and so much fine print to read regarding where “our money” is going.
We may not be facing a famine, but we may be chasing the “almighty” (yikes) dollar through the pig sty.
Let’s look what Jesus says about it.
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, heard all this and scoffed at him. Then he said to them, “You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts. What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God.”
You see, we are backwards in our thinking. We give all we have and are for money and then, give Jesus our token 10 percent and almost a day on Sunday. We have to realize who Our God is.
God’s the one who gives seed to the farmer and then, bread to eat. In the same way, He’ll increase your resources and produce a great harvest of giving in you.
Do we see God that way? Do we realize that anything we have ultimately came from Him? Without just saying it, do we truly trust Him for our supply?
Well, He can be trusted. His Word says it.
Whatever is good & perfect comes to us from our FatherGod, Creator of all lights in the heavens. He never changes or is two-faced.
We also have to be connected. What is our relationship to God our Source?
Who am I & my people, that we could give anything to You? Everything we have, is from You and we give You only what You gave us first!
When the prodigal son came back to the father, he was no longer poor or “in need”. In fact, he was not just given the bare minimum, but was given an “Over the Top” reception and celebration. He was restored.
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own Glory and Goodness.
All we will ever need, is in God, but we have to have a good relationship/ connection to Him, for our needs to be met. My husband uses the analogy of the apple and the tree. The apple that has fallen to the ground, had a relationship with the tree, but it is past tense. It will die, because it is not still connected. It must be a current on-going relationship for you to expect your needs to be met.
If you remember anything today, remember “He’s got it”. Wondering about pay raise, bonus, benefits? “He’s got it”. It doesn’t have to be from your earthly employer. God is trustworthy and His Word is true. He is your Source.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,And forget none of His benefits! Psalms 103:2
He’s got it!