I read today that rapper Shai Linne caught a lot of flak for one of his songs (“Fal$e Teacher$”). In it, the artist criticizes the message of several of our culture’s better-known “prosperity gospel” preachers. It’s not my point in this post to criticize or to defend either Shai Linne or the preachers of prosperity that he has taken on. It is my goal, however, to point out uplifting and comforting truth about the nature of our Savior, especially with regard to our own financial needs.
God loves you. That shouldn’t require any further proof. If we can’t figure that out from the death of the Son of God on the cross, then not much else will convince us of God’s love. The totally holy and innocent Son of God took my filthy sin and yours on Himself on the cross and paid the full penalty for that sin. Having risen from the dead, He now offers us the free gift of forgiveness, eternal life, and restoration to God. That is love.
If that were ALL that Jesus Christ offered us, wouldn’t that be enough? With the knowledge that we will live forever, forgiven, and in a right relationship with God, we really can endure anything during our brief stay on this earth, right? It’s essentially a matter of gaining perspective. The apostle Paul said, “For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.” (2 Corinthian 4:17) The greatness of eternity with our Creator and Savior will be immeasurably higher than the depth of our sorrow in this life. Hang on! The kingdom is coming! God’s very Name is staked on it!
When God establishes His kingdom once and for all, we have already been told that God Himself will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and death will not exist anymore – or mourning, or crying, or pain. (Revelation 21:4).
But what of the anxiety and fear that many of us feel today in the current atmosphere of economic uncertainty? The bills need to be paid. We don’t want to lose the house. Not only would it be a logistical nightmare, but it could also be so humiliating and so emotionally crushing.
Don’t Carry That Weight Around
Even though He doesn’t have to, God has promised us so much regarding His care for us until we do see Him face to face. Look what Jesus said about the nature of our heavenly Father.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, although you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:7-11)
Jesus further promised us that if we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness in whatever we do, our food and our clothing will be taken care of. (Matthew 6:25-33) It will be taken care of according to God’s wisdom and character and plan, not according to our perception of what constitutes a need.
Jesus did not promise us wealth in this life. If He did, the apostle Paul must have missed that promise. Paul said, “But if we have food and shelter, we will be satisfied with that.” (1 Timothy 6:8)
But as opposed to the best that human wisdom can devise, wouldn’t we rather have what God promises us in all His infinite wisdom and goodness? We are reminded,
Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for [God] has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6)
God’s personal presence with us in every moment, in every joy and in every sorrow of life, is of far greater value than money, possessions, creature comforts, or anything else that our minds may convince us we must have. God’s own personal presence—friendship with God bought at the price of Christ’s blood! He is our Helper! He will care for you and for those entrusted to you, providing everything that matters.
Let’s give thanks to God through the Lord Jesus Christ!