Cease from your consideration of it.
When you set your eyes on it, it is gone.
Make eternal things your daily priority.
The world seems to believe that if you win the lottery, all your problems will be solved. Not so. In fact, God wants us to fix our eyes on Him and allow Him to provide what we need, not what we want. We don’t need more money; we need to be more yielded to His Word working in our life.
The Bible teaches that riches are temporal and the important things in life are spiritual.
For riches are not forever,
Nor does a crown endure to all generations. —Proverbs 27:24
This earth, and everything that is in it, is temporal. But past this earth, this life, eternity rules. Therefore, our daily emphasis should be the spiritual and eternal first, and temporal second. God promises that if we do that, He will take care of us. The following verses make the point ever so clear:
And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. —Luke 12:29-31
. . . No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. —Psalm 84:11
So trust God by making decisions that count for eternity!
Thanks for the encouraging GML emails. It’s about the only thing I do look forward to on a daily basis. Up until four years ago I was doing very well financially. But my circumstances changed abruptly when I lost my high-paying career and have been reduced to a joke in the family. I’ve lost my dignity in my own house. I can’t even look at my children without humiliation and contempt toward my circumstances. I wake up dreading each day.
The Lord was gracious to give me a family but has removed the means to provide for them. I am unable to fulfill the mandate to provide for them and would be considered worse than an unbeliever in the words of Paul. Scripture clearly warns against not providing for one’s family. Thankfully there’s state unemployment at a paltry $350.00/week, and I have a mortgage payment of $1,000.00 plus monthly expenses. Run the numbers; it’s not rocket science.
I sit here at age 49 looking back at the past years with absolute regret, knowing that at this age it’s close to impossible to find work because I have no marketable skills or experience. I even owe the Christian school my children were attending several thousands of dollars that I can’t pay back. I’m a dead-beat in this area. Scripture clearly warns against being in debt. That, according to my understanding of scripture, is not what I would consider a success.
Since there is considerable scriptural evidence against me, I am just not excited about my life anymore. I do have a history of cancer in my family so perhaps I will contract it and exit stage left. My life insurance would provide for my wife and children until they grow up. And don’t even try to convince me to seek cancer treatment.
How can I stand before God and seek a reward for not even fulfilling the basic requirements as a husband and father?
Good Golly, Miss Molly! Look up, not down!
You are evaluating success or failure based on financial circumstances. But monetary success should not be your barometer. Rather, the Word of God should be your measuring stick. Four years ago your life wasn’t “successful.” You were deceived into thinking a high-paying job was the key to happiness and fulfillment, and you should thank the Lord He is now allowing you to see that deception.
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. —1 Timothy 6:17
. . . If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them. —Psalm 62:10b
Your focus should be on the eternal, not the temporal. The material things of this world are temporary.
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. —Colossians 3:2
You have been blessed with many eternal blessings, like children, that many people do not have. You also have the blessing of $350 week in unemployment insurance payments. Good grief, to 95% of the people in the world that would be a huge income!
We think you should quit looking at the waves around you and get your eyes on Jesus. You have a great opportunity for your family to see how you fully trust the Lord to provide for you. Do you REALLY trust God to take care of you? Are you trusting that He is in control and will use your circumstances for GOOD? (Romans 8:28) Paul said he went hungry and suffered need. Would you consider Paul a failure?
Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. —Philippians 4:11-13
You’re not going to starve . . .
I have been young, and now I am old,
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
Or his descendants begging bread. —Psalm 37:25
God also puts zero emphasis on having a big income.
If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. —1 Timothy 6:8
Success that stands the test of time is not the accumulation of toys or money in the bank. God allows some to be rich and some to be poor—it’s His call. You are only to respond trustingly to any and every circumstance God allows in your life, knowing He is in total control. Therefore success is being used by God. On Judgment Day, Christians will be judged on faith, what they allowed God to do through them. You have tremendous opportunity to trust God despite your seemingly dire circumstances, showing your family and friends that you believe He is trustworthy. That kind of testimony would be worth far more than rubies. And it doesn’t require your having a big house or big income.
Put God first and foremost in every decision, but He is faithful when we are not.
If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. —2 Timothy 2:13
Many a man has lamented on his death bed that he wished he would have spent more time with family and less at work. While you are not working, why not use the time wisely as a family opportunity? Your kids need to see your standing on the Word more than money.
You simply have to take life one day at a time, trusting that the Lord is working all this out in your life for good and on His timetable. Your prayer should be that you will be in God’s will with all your decisions, desiring to be used by Him to reflect His glory.
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