(CAC Friday Communique, April 23, 2010)
“Please stop by the Human Resources Office, Payroll Desk, to receive your payment. You’ve been selected to receive your income for the next 12 months ALL AT ONCE, in one check! (The only caveat is that you must sign a good-faith contract to remain employed here for the next 52 weeks.)”
How would that strike you? If you really got a call, email, or letter from your employer with that message, what would your first thought be? I’m guessing you might have one (if not all) of these possible thoughts:
1) Wow. I’m gonna have a bunch of cash! Now I can decorate, landscape, vacation, shop…
2) Wait a second. What happens if I spend it all in a few days? What will I do for the next 51 weeks?
3) I’ve got an idea: I’ll work hard to manage it, time-release it, save it, and make sure it lasts until 364 days are passed. (But it WILL be soooo nice to know it’s there if I need it! (Tiny voice whispers in my ear: “I could take a little better care of myself. Steakhouses, malls, and amusement parks wouldn’t HAVE to be so scarce in my experience…) Just a LITTLE extra merchandise couldn’t hurt, now, could it!?)
Such a scenario would be disastrous! It’s easy to figure out why. Healthy humans depend on installments. Sufficiency saves our bacon. Just enough to keep us sane and safe from ourselves is by Divine design. That is why the wise Solomon once stated:
“Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, Lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.” Proverbs 25:16 (KJV)
Another place he says:
“Remove far from me vanity and lies: Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, And say, Who is the LORD? Or lest I be poor, and steal, And take the name of my God in vain.” Proverbs 30:8–9 (KJV)
Here’s my call and challenge: The Lord our God knows what’s best. Don’t chafe under the burden of “too much” or “too little,” whether it be trouble or treasure.
God knows our individual ability to handle abundance. He blesses and distresses us sufficiently, in Divinely measured installments.
Two more quick Bible verses to bring it to a conclusion:
About your treasure: “…be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5 (KJV)
About your trouble: “…God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV)
WHAT A JOY TO TRUST THE DETAILS OF LIFE’S HIGHS AND LOWS TO JESUS! He’s got your best interests in mind. Especially your eternal best interests. Be content knowing God knows when to say “Enough.”
Now, take that check back to Payroll and tell them “no, thanks!” “I’ll take it as it comes, in amounts that teach me to number my days and enjoy my daily bread.”
God bless you CAC! Have a splendid Friday!
Pastor Don Haymon II
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