I try to have my time with the Lord in the mornings before much of my day has started. Today I fed the sheep (Yes, I know, I still need to post the pictures I promised) and then came in to have my devotional time.
It never ceases to amaze me how the Lord has things such that what I am reading is something that warms my heart, speaks to a concern or spanks me. Today HE was speaking to a concern.
Today’s economy is bad. Things seem so out of control in our nation and many of us struggle to make ends meet. We do as we feel the Lord wants and yet there is no extra. For some this means use the plastic more. However, that only comes back to bite us later and make it worse.
I realize today that there are many out there who preach that if you are right with the Lord you will have prosperity in financial things. My Bible does not say that. It says we will have suffering, poverty at times maybe, struggles for sure. Those that are gifted with extra are called to be wise and use if for the Lord not to consume it on things they want.
My reading today was from Hebrews. Hebrews 13:5 says to “let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have…” .
Are we content with what we have? I think not for the most part. When I was a young adult, we struggled to pay bills, had no credit cards (I know, most of you think they have been around since creation, not so!) People used to live on their means. We drove cars that were fixer uppers much of the time, we did not go if we had no money. Swapped furniture, bought from used furniture, Salvation Army etc and the prices were low, not what they are today. Auctions were weekly and you could always come home with the replacement chair, pot or whatever. You did not eat out, much, and your food was almost all homemade without the help of a box.
Day old bread from the “Used bread store” got you through.
No plastic. Repair people let you pay off a few bucks at a time. People were more willing to reach out to those struggling because we were all in the same boat.
Young people married knowing that they were going to have to use furniture that Aunt Matilda no longer wanted and it was 25 yrs old and smelled like an old person (NO fabreeze then, sprinkle a bit of baking soda on and let set, put outside for a bit if possible and vacuum off). Or, as my husband and I did, Aunt Lucy died, so we had some things from her, other was garbage picked on a trash collection clean- up day.
Today, it is the new, have to have matching, and young people start out with huge debt.
So many of us say we do not love money, yet what do we strive for? More money. You can have a love of money because you are struggling or because you have too much.
Much of my life was a struggle. I could not have what I wanted, and sometimes what I felt I needed. It almost becomes an obsession—love— out of fear of not making it.
Contentment with what we have? How when the economy is so scary?
I read the rest of the verse: “for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you nor will I ever forsake you.'”
Interesting, in Greek (the original language the New Testament was written in) the words “forsake you” should say “Leave you without support”. We are to be content and not worry as we will not be left without support. HE is there. HE will support those who are HIS and trust HIM.
I can attest to HIS support as HE cared for me in so many ways after my first husband died. NO, I did not have all my wants, but I was able to travel and see my family when I was living apart from them. God provided for me through strangers as well as jobs, odd things coming up to sell etc. He supplied and did not leave me without support.
Trust Him through these times. Be content. We have a God who, when we are His and trusting HIM, does supply.