Despair part 3: despairing of work, money, worry

Bible de Gutenberg Deuteronomy 6:16-7:16
Bible de Gutenberg Deuteronomy 6:16-7:16 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Unemployment

It is God who gives the ability to make wealth, my paraphrase of Deuteronomy 8:18.

Paraphrasing Haggai 2:17:   we are told that God struck all the works of their hands with blight, mold, and mildew yet the people did not turn their hearts fully to Him.

My paraphrase of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, 2:10, Paul tells us that we are God’s masterpiece or workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good things which God prepared in advance.

Money

In Luke 22:35, Jesus is questioning His disciples about being sent out with out money or extras asking if the disciples lacked for anything.  Their response was that they did not lack.

In Matthew 6:26 Jesus reveals that the Father feeds the birds, that we are more valuable than they, and that the Father will feed us if we seek His kingdom and His righteousness first.  Does that mean first as in initially or as in foremost or both?  I can’t answer that – maybe it means both and as Brad Cockrell would say.

In the same chapter, verse 24, Matthew writes that we cannot serve God and money – we will hate one and love the other.

Worry

When I start to worry, I remember the time I got my last unemployment check on a Friday.  The next Friday, I got my first paycheck at a new job.  When we didn’t have enough money or food to last through the Christmas holiday, God sent the Rotary and the Kiwanis and we had so much food we were able to share it with half a dozen others.

Going back to Matthew 6, Jesus told us not to worry about tomorrow because today has enough troubles of its own, v 34.

Paul wrote to the Philippians 4:6 do not be anxious about anything but in everything make your prayers, petitions, & requests known to God with thanksgiving.

Conclusion

No one likes to be disciplined, but hardship is just that for the believer, Hebrews 12:7James 1 instructs us to consider it pure joy when we endure trials.  Some days I wonder if I’m going to be fed by a bird like one of the old testament prophets.  So far, that hasn’t happened.

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