Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Still Rich...but questioning

Being rich is not based on circumstances. Wealth is a state of mind. Being rich is not based on bank accounts. True wealth comes from within. Being truly wealthy comes from a deep personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Job was a Biblical character that had it all. He had a large family, wealth, and the respect of those around him. He was confident in his relationship with God and God was confident with Job. In fact, when Satan approached God to discuss Job, God bragged on the faithfulness of His servant Job. Satan then asked God for permission to test Job in order to see just how faithful he really was. God grants Satan permission to test him with one stipulation - that Job's life be spared.

Satan begins the test by destroying all of his livestock and his servants - the assets by which wealth was measured in that time. Next, he takes the lives of Job's sons and daughters. Finally, he inflicts painful boils on Job's body. Through all of these difficulties, Job will not curse God and renounce his relationship with Him. In spite of his circumstances, Job believes his relationship with God is secure. Job is rich in his relationship with God.

Job's response, though, is to question "why." What have I done to cause these events? What sin have I committed? Why have You (God) allowed or caused all of this to take place? In fact the majority of the chapters of the Book of Job contains Job's questions and arguing with his friends as to the reasons all of these trials have taken place.

God's eventual response to Job and his friends is that they are not in a position to question why and make assumptions or accusations. He is Almighty God and He will do what He will do. He never reveals to Job as to the exact reasons He allowed Job's sufferings. The good news, though, is that God restores to Job his health, wealth, and family.

Are you currently going through a major trial in your life? If so, renew your faith in Almighty God. He loves you and has a plan for your life.

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