I am reminded of how God is a dad. He is the best dad in the whole . . . well, everything. I was recently listening to the audio version of the book The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. A repetitive theme in this wonderful book revolves around this idea. As the story goes, Corrie asked her dad a question that she was too young to need to know the answer of. In his wisdom, her dad asked her if she would take his suitcase for him. She said that it was too heavy for her and he responded by saying that like his suitcase, some things are too heavy for us to hold. We have to grow older/stronger to be able to carry some things.
The word “conditions” in this chapter speaks of how our good dad will not give us things unless we are ready for them. That is the condition! In His love, in His being a good dad, He won’t overload us with things that our character is not ready to handle.
Bill Johnson answers the question, “how much money is too much” by saying something like, “However much turns your trust to the money and away from God.”
As you read this prayer and the following Scriptures, keep in mind that God is a good dad.
Lord, I want to follow You with all my heart. I thank You for all Your provision for me and that You want to bless me. Holy Spirit, convict me of anything in my life that displeases You or stops Your hand of blessing on my life. Lord, as I read these scriptures, show me what You want to change in me, and how I should make the changes You desire for me. Help me to treat others the way I want You to treat me. I love you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Matthew 19:29 “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.”
Matthew 25:45-47 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.”
Deuteronomy 30:8-10 “You will again obey the LORD and follow all his commands I am giving you today. Then the LORD your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The LORD will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your fathers, if you obey the LORD your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Isaiah 1:19 “’If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.’ For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”