This week I would like to talk about poverty. Poverty is never a desirable subject. It is neither easy to speak about poverty, nor to hear about it. But the type of poverty I want to unfold is different.
Is it just me, or does anyone else sense that as the years go, people are getting more detached from one another? I think this is a result of people detaching from God, and from their spiritual nature.
Now, I love a party! A good wholesome gathering with a mix of people and personalities can provide good hearty laughter and fellowship that is good for the soul! It seems to be a rarity in my life in recent years.
I am the type of person that can get easily discouraged when I see complacency and mediocrity. And I get disheartened when I see this growing within the church. I must comprehend something. For many, many people, the Sunday gathering is nothing more than a social outlet, and church attenders have little to do with God during the rest of the week, or even one another. So, when we think of this “church” as the body of Christ, this is an error.
Alone with God
People have as much of God as they want. Full stop. Truth be told, we do what we want with our time, and nowadays, we just don’t have time for God. We fill our time with people we want to fill our time with. When we hear someone say to us (or when we say it to others), “Sorry I haven’t been in touch. I’ve been really busy.”
Everyone is busy.
This is just a polite way of saying, “I don’t have time for you.”
Without thinking about it, this is what we are saying to our Savior when we don’t include Him. And this is the spiritual poverty I am talking about. We can be the richest in the world materially and yet be spiritually poor.
The Wicked Prosper
Do you ever feel like wickedness and darkness are on the rise? Do you see people who lack integrity increasing in wealth and status? Sometimes, does it seem that everyone else around you is being blessed, but you?
I want to give you some insights and some promises of God from Psalm 34 and Psalm 37.
Psalm 34:1, “I will bless the LORD at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2My soul will make its boast in the LORD;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
3O magnify the LORD with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
4I sought the LORD, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
5They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces will never be ashamed.
6This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him
And saved him out of all his troubles.”
Are you suffering and in need of comfort? Read this passage out loud! Read it with conviction! Look at verse 6…the poor man cried and not only did the Lord hear him, but he was saved from all his troubles! Every one of them! The psalmist of chapter 34 was David, and this psalm was penned after he feigned madness before Abimelech and was driven away.
Psalm 37:7, “Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
9For evildoers will be cut off,
But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land.
Wow! Powerful! Evildoers will be cut off, forever! And those who wait of the Lord, those who seek Him, who trust Him, who commit their way to Him will inherit the land. Forever!
Lay Your Treasures in Heaven
What I want you to remember is this, every time you are challenged and you are tempted to be average, to settle, to compromise, remember, your future will suffer it. Do you want to receive your inheritance?
Do you understand that long ago the physically powerful, the descendants of Ham, were the richest on the earth, and they forcefully took the land. Then the Lord raised up Alexander the Great, a descendant of Japheth, and the Greeks took over and built and empire based on intellect. Intellect still rules, and in order to be rich you have to obtain knowledge. Many people are sly, smart and underhanded. They manipulate and gain.
They will be cut off, because a day is coming when God will raise the righteous, those that have been grafted into the line of Shem, specifically Israel, the spiritually strong. We will inherit the land! The mightier you are spiritually, the richer you will be…forever!
Believe the Lord when He proclaims this, and understand what He is saying! This is such great news. So, take heart. Go about your day, but remember the future. Get in shape. Get spiritually strong! Get ready to receive your inheritance!
Written by Jori Sams
Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun…