Psalm 52:7 “Behold, the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches and was strong in his evil desire.”
Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
These scriptures came to me today. Maybe it is the fact that I am about to pay bills this morning, but for some reason this is what struck me. The scripture from Luke is very clear: when you do not place God first, when you lift something up higher than God, you will begin to despise Him. Despise seems like a harsh word, but it is true here. When we love money, power and fame more than God our choices in life will reflect that love. No longer will we show ourselves in God’s light, but we will slowly show off our love of money. Spending lavishly, trying to keep up with our friends, finding church boring, pushing away anything that is Godly will be our attitude. I have seen this happen in many good people. It sneaks up on them. They start off doing what they think is good and right. Yet they get caught up in the “fun” that money can bring. With that “fun” often comes an intense amount of pressure, stress and selfishness. Wealth, power and fame always change us when we place them over God. We cannot understand why we are never satisfied with our status. Why do we always have to do more, earn more, get more attention? When you are looking for something better all the time, you probably have let these three things take over your life.
You see, God satisfies you. When you recognize that you are here because God created you, loved you and wants you to be the best you can be; then you are completely satisfied. Look at the Psalm verse above. When you read the entire Psalm 52, you will see that it talks about the man who allows “things” to take over his life. It describes the man’s tongue of destruction, his love of evil more than good, his ability to falsely speak what is right, his love of all words that devour. It goes on to say that God will break you down, He will snatch you up and tear you away from your tent, uproot you from the land of the living. That doesn’t sound so kind, does it? Are you beginning to see why you begin to despise God when you love something above Him?
In today’s world, the most obvious cases of this exist in the corporate world, the infamous Hollywood lifestyle, but yet if you look around they exist even in your community. Humble servants are tough to find. It is a struggle to find people who have learned to balance their careers and God. They are out there, but they are certainly not obvious – because they are humbly doing their work. They are not ostentatious. They are not bragging about their work. They are satisfied because they are allowing God to control their moves. They are His servant.
When you reflect on your career – a corporate leader, a stay-at-home mom, a teacher, or whatever your career is, would you categorize yourself as unsatisfied or satisfied? Are you always striving to get promoted, to do better, to find a place that appreciates you? Or are you satisfied with where God has placed you? Do you find yourself trying to keep up with others? Or are you satisfied with where God has placed you? Are you working for a paycheck? Or are you working because God has given you these gifts and you are doing your best to multiple them and give them back to God?
These are tough questions. You may even squirm about them. You may even come up with a few cases to support why you are letting wealth, power and fame guide you. Trust me, I have been there. There is no excuse for letting yourself be guided by and three of these characteristics. There is no good that comes out of it. You will be resentful and unsatisfied. God calls us all to different careers for different reasons. That is why He made us all very unique.
Giving God the credit He deserves will change your life. At the end of Psalm 52 it says this, But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the loving kindness of God forever and ever. I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it, And I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.
Praise God daily for the gifts He has given you!