You give and take away, You give and take away. My heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be Your name.

4 Feb

Okay She-wood had her little rant, so I guess I should have mine too.  I promise that it will be short.  My rant has to deal with a little subject called the Prosperity Gospel.  For those of you who don’t know what that term refers too the definition is this: a religious belief found among many Christians centered on the notion that God provides material prosperity for those he favors.  I really cannot stand that form of theology.  I would love for someone who preaches that kind of theology to show me in the Bible where God promises material possessions to those who follow after Him.  I’m pretty sure that the copy of the Bible I own says that there will be times when things go well, but there are also times when things will seem terrible from a human standpoint.

In Hebrews 11:33-38, we read, “who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.”

Yes there were times when the people of God were enforcing justice, obtaining promises, stopping the mouths of lions, escaping the sword, and even receiving loved ones back from the dead.  However, there were also times when some Christians were tortured, stoned with rocks, and even killed.  God never promised that if we decide to follow Him everything will always be fun, easy, and that you will get every material possession you ever wanted.  There will be times in our relationship with God when things are not easy, but it is during those times that God is doing the greatest work in our lives to make us more like Him.  It was during the darkest time in history that God was laying the foundation of our salvation as Jesus hung on the cross. (Thank you Andy Stanley)

Therefore, please don’t take heed of these people, and they are prevalent today, but rather know that God never promised us any material possession.  Just take a moment and read the New Testament.  Jesus was a homeless man while He was on earth.  He didn’t have any material possessions.  The Bible tells us in Job 1:21, “And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”  We can take nothing with us when we leave this earth, so what would be the point of amassing wealth.  Just remember that the next time you hear someone claiming that God will provide all the material things in the world if you follow Him.  According to the Bible, it simply isn’t true.

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One Response to “You give and take away, You give and take away. My heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be Your name.”

  1. She-wood February 4, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    You make mesmile!

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