Often times Christians question why people who blatantly sin prosper while people living for Christ struggle. This isn’t to say that there aren’t poor non-Christians and rich Christians because we all know that is not true. Yet, the question still puzzles most of us who are trying to live a life dedicated to Christ.
I believe the answer lies in Matthew 4:8-9.
Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”
Satan was willing to give Jesus the world IF He bowed down to him. And, the same goes for you. Satan will give you all the material things you can imagine if you just declare him lord over your life.
“But, I thought God is the giver of all good and perfect things,” I said to myself.
And, then it hit me!
Who said money, trips to Tahiti, and Olivia Pope’s wardrobe were “good and perfect” things? We need to redefine what prospering really means. Does it mean wealth? Does it mean a good job? Does it mean cars and houses? Or does it mean GOD? You see, having all of those things and not having God isn’t prospering at all.
Let’s imagine that we’re 5 again and our mom gives us fruit and veggies. But, we secretly wish we had Susie’s mom who gives her donuts and Twinkies everyday. We see Susie two years later and she’s overweight with rotten teeth, but we thought Susie was living the life.
Isn’t that how we think as adults?
Satan will give you “everything” to keep you following him. And, he will ruin you in the process. I’m not saying it’s not okay to want money, houses and cars. I want nice things, too! But, if someone said, “I will make you rich, but it will ruin your marriage,” would you still consider it a blessing? If someone said, “I will give you a big house, but you will be too busy working and stressed out to be a good mother to your children,” would you still consider it a blessing? This is why it’s important that we discern what is from God and what isn’t. We shouldn’t make the umbrella statement that, “I got a $3,000 check in the mail. God is good.” Remember, God’s gifts will bless us. Satan’s gifts will curse us.
We have to realize that if it leads us away from God, it wasn’t a blessing.
All too often we think people “have it all” because of their material possessions and worldly success, but “having it all” is having Jesus. Jesus will give you the material things you can handle plus peace, rest, favor and eternal life. Satan can’t promise any of those things and to someone who isn’t really counting the costs, he doesn’t have to.
Let’s follow Jesus’ example:
“Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’ (Luke 4:10 NLT)
Friends, let’s reevaluate our “blessings.” If we’re not living a life pleasing to God, where are our “blessings” coming from?