“Have I put my trust in money or felt secure because of my gold?” (Job 31:24).
In my current reading of the Book of Job, this verse stood out when I read it. I stopped reading and pondered Job’s question to God. If I asked that question, how would God answer? I tithe. I recognize that everything I have comes from Him. I understand that I am merely a steward to manage the resources he provides to me and to be a “conduit” or vessel to help the needy and to support His Great Commission. Yet, I felt convicted. While I feel I can honestly say that I put my trust in God, not money, I must confess that I feel a level of security in the adequacy of my financial resources for me and my family. I know that my security is in Jesus Christ, as my Lord and Savior – for eternity – but, again, my financial assets add a level of security this side of the grave.
I wrote this devotion to present this “dilemma” of sorts to you to ponder. I’ve read of Christians who had much and lost it all – and had to change their lifestyle and essentially live in poverty (as the world defines it). Yet their trust was truly in God, they devoted their talents and time to helping others and admitted that their joy far exceeded what they experienced before they “lost everything.” They had, in fact, lost little. Would it be the same with me? Or would I long for my current life? The faith of each of us gets tested in varying ways. Job’s test was greater than any of us should expect to experience. I guess only God knows how each of us would respond to “losing everything”.
I pray that I’ve caused you to ponder this question. We can know the truth – God’s Word is clear. But are we living the truth?
“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence” (Jeremiah 17:7)