Peace and prosperity is the theme from what many call Thanksgiving through Christmas. However some strange things have happened in America. Not only do we have a financial problem but we also have a spiritual problem. Our abandonment and rejection of God’s way has lead to many believers envying the riches of the ungodly. There is a growing jealousy among believers as many have left their first love and look for extra jobs or work overtime in their present jobs.
Peace and prosperity God’s way was a problem during king David’s day. In the 37th Psalms we see:
Psalm 37:1-7 (NCV)
1 Of David. Don’t be upset because of evil people. Don’t be jealous of those who do wrong,
2 because like the grass, they will soon dry up. Like green plants, they will soon die away.
3 Trust the LORD and do good. Live in the land and feed on truth.
4 Enjoy serving the LORD, and he will give you what you want.
5 Depend on the LORD; trust him, and he will take care of you.
6 Then your goodness will shine like the sun, and your fairness like the noonday sun.
7 Wait and trust the LORD. Don’t be upset when others get rich or when someone else’s plans succeed.
It’s ironic that God’s people that God’s people forget that peace and prosperity is a promise from Him. Today we find ourselves in the same “faithless situation” in which we are angry at the wicked and envious at the some time. Many people in our nation say that “hate the rich” while at the same time waiting to take their place. Many want the top 2% to be the heavy in our fiscal problems and at the same time wishing they could have “all that money”. Notwithstanding that “riches” don’t necessarily come with peace.
Peace and prosperity are promised to those who “delight in the Lord” or “enjoying serving him” as shown in Ps 37:4. It’s a sad day that many of those who say the “love the Lord” don’t serve Him. In the NT in Matt 6:33 Matthew 6:33 (NCV)
33 The thing you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what God wants. Then all these other things you need will be given to you.
Doing the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, it’s a shame that we cannot say “Merry Christmas” without offending someone. One thing you can trust in is God who is unchangeable and love us so much that He allowed the Lord Jesus Christ To die for us so that we might have eternal life. As the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:32Romans 8:32 (NIV)
32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Grace And Peace To You!