Are the two even 𝒔𝒖𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒅 to go hand in hand? Is it true that “𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥,” and therefore, anything that has the potential to make us wildly successful is not godly?
First, we must understand that money is not the root of all evil; the 𝗟𝗢𝗩𝗘 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘆 is (1Timothy 6:10). God looks at our HEARTS, in every single matter. If we put our hope in empty promises, paychecks, promotions, or personal volume points, not only will we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and often disappointed, we’ll also find our worth and value getting tied up in performance.
You see, when we rely on our own ability to provide for ourselves or our families, we take on the weight and the burden of doing that job well. Therefore, when business dips for a month, and we see a vicious change to our paychecks, we immediately feel a sense of failure or even shame.
We were never meant to bear the burden of providing. Philippians 4:19 says, “My God shall supply 𝑨𝑳𝑳 𝒐𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅𝒔 according to 𝐇𝐈𝐒 𝐠𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬 in Christ Jesus.” He provided food and water for Adam & Eve springing up from the ground in the Garden of Eden. He provided manna from Heaven as food, a Pillar of Cloud in the daytime for shade, and a Pillar of Fire at night for warmth as the Israelites traveled through the desert on their way to the land God promised them. Jesus took one small loaf of bread and two tiny fish and fed a crowd of 5000 men (which was quite possibly more like 20,000-30,000 people, including women and children). Folks, GOD IS A BETTER PROVIDER THAN YOU AND I WILL EVER BE!
Because of His obedience, God revealed Himself to Abraham as Jehovah Jireh (The Lord will provide) – and before Abraham sacrificed his son, God PROVIDED a ram for the sacrifice.
Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horn in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”)
Genesis 22:13-14 (NLT)
A few days ago, as I had my quiet time with the Lord, God reminded me that He is, in fact, a covenant-keeping God! All of the things He has promised us will come to pass in His time, but we need to focus on Him- our provider, our giver, and that He is more important and much greater than anything we could ever ask or imagine. We need to continue to walk in faith and trust Him. Situations and trials will come to re-direct our focus on what really matters, but we still need to remain focused on God.
God supplies all of our needs. He has never failed and will never fail, and we need to be able to surrender and trust Him with our Isaacs so that He can provide as our ultimate Jehovah Jireh. Do you have an Isaac in your life? Has God called you to sacrifice something for Him? If so, are you ready to make that sacrifice and walk in obedience?
Merry Christmas, folks! Please, let’s not forget the true reason why we are celebrating this season. Jesus Christ is the reason for the season. Remain saved!
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