That there will be days He seems so far away
That on some days you’ll feel so distant from his grace
That you’ll wet your pillow with tears some nights
That the sun will scorch you in the wilderness some days
That the devil will come after you like a roaring lion
That you’ll have to defeat the giants before you enter the Promise Land.
This would have scared you away from His ultimate purpose for your life.
But do you know…
That His grace is sufficient and ever present?
That He will never leave you nor forsake you?
That He brings water out of rocks in the wilderness?
That you have authority over that roaring lion?
That, like David you can slay that giant and get the victory?
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
I was not born to show his face
His shame and pain and wicked ways
I do not live to show case his evil
I refuse to be a billboard for the devil
I was born to show forth His praises
His name and gain and tender mercies
I do live to make known His glory
Look at me, you’ll see a testimony.
Verse 5 of Psalms 23 is very much quoted but very little understood or applied. Yes, God has prepared a table for you in the presence of your enemies. Imagine the quality and quantity you can find on a table that has been set by God Himself. So, the problem is no longer whether we have enough to eat but whether we are willing to eat enough. The problem of Christians is therefore never how much God can provide, but how much Christians can receive. What is your receiving capacity?
Ever been to a party where there is so much to eat, but wanting to be civilized, you pick up a piece of salad and return to your seat? Then you get so frustrated and jealous of your neighbor who is having a nice time because he was courageous and bold enough to take as much as he desires. This is the attitude of many Christians. Some think that abundance will make them proud, sinful and then they will miss heaven. “… did Jesus not say it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter heaven?”
If it takes poverty to keep you humble, holy and righteous and ultimately make heaven, then you are missing out on something . As a born again child of God, you should be able to manage millions in your bank account and still be in a good spiritual shape before God. You should be able to dress like a prince and be humble at heart like a beggar; it is not what you have that should control you but the other way round. Your money does not tell you where to go shopping and when, you decide how to go about it. While we quote Solomon as a case study of failure to be rich and remain righteous, remember Abraham and Isaac who remained level–headed in spite of if all.