What do you worship?
Most of the time, my answer is money. I don’t have much of it, but I’m so desperate to get out of debt that it has become my god. I’m not embarrassed to admit it, just that it’s taken me so long to realize that was happening. I also know that many people I communicate with would eventually admit that they’re guilty of it too. 😉
I’m not saying that it’s not a good thing to desire financial stability or anything, but to what extent? How far are you willing to go? Would you do anything?
Sadly, many people go that far . . . sometimes even into the illegal realm or the “not sure if it’s illegal, but definitely shady” arena. I promised myself that I’d never get that desperate for anything, ever.
I had one person criticize me about this topic saying that when I have kids, I’ll understand the desperateness to provide for them. I’m not there yet, but I do know that having that attitude isn’t necessarily correct either. How far are you willing to go?
The point that I’m getting at is that we’re so self-reliant, independent, and money-worshipers. We constantly rely on our own strength that has been known to fail us time and time again. We constantly rely on money to solve ALL our problems, or we constantly live in fear because of lack thereof.
We’re not supposed to live this way, and we’re not supposed to worship money. Honestly, where does it get us? Even when people have all the money in the world, they are still miserable. It’s not as long-lasting as we think, it doesn’t bring us happiness, and it certainly doesn’t deserve all the credit we give to it.
In Matthew 6:24, Jesus says, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” How many of us are guilty of doing just that? We are constantly deceiving ourselves into believing that we can do both. When we stop trusting God, who promises to provide for us, we are relying on money. We start worshiping it when our first focus is to get more of it.
I used to think that I was still serving God because my focus on getting money was to pay off all debt, so that I can use it to bless others. While my heart is in the right place, I’m going about it in the wrong way.
Later, in verses 25-34, a bit lengthy, but it’s so good that I’m taking all of this time to write it out for you: “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O, you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ . . . For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
How many times does Jesus have to say, “Do not worry?”
God takes care of his creation, everything in the earth and us. It may not always seem like it, but those who belong to him are promised to be taken care of. Is my life where I think it should be? No. But, is he taking care of me? Yes. Maybe if I stopped worrying so much and worshiped Him instead of money, then all of my needs would be met and probably more.
I have such peace today, and I’m praying against everything that will try to ruin it. Instead of making debt and money my primary focus, I’m going to put it into it’s rightful place: under the feet of Jesus. He will help me take care of it all in His timing and in whatever way He so chooses to bless me. I need to be patient, hardworking, and focusing on God and family first, debt second. I’ll be less stressed and living in peace, which breeds wise decision-making and worship for God. I refuse to bow down to my debt and let it control and ruin my life. Instead, I choose to trust Him to help me and give him control. He can provide in limitless ways and in good ways, and in ways I’ve never thought of.
Let’s put our worries to rest . . . even if it’s only for a little while. We worship a mighty and Holy God. He’s the only one who deserves that title, and the only one who’s ever earned it. He’s bigger than our problems, and we must resolve to see our problems the way He does. Otherwise, we may never be freed from them. Allow our trials to change us, so that we can learn from them and hopefully never have to relearn the lesson over and over.
To the person who criticized me for saying this, and assuming that I didn’t consider caring for children, please let these words minister to you. Of course God wants us to care for the children he blesses us with, but we cannot do it in stress, worry, fear, anxiety, or in our own strength. We still cannot let those concerns consume us because then we’re not healthy enough to care for them. I don’t know how I’m going to care for this baby, but it’s the same thing: I’m trusting God to do it because I cannot do it all by myself. Peace to you!