“What goes around, comes around.”, you may have heard this expression before. Certainly, in times of comfort and plenty do any of us ever think back to how things were for us when we struggled in need, or of how history speaks to us of past generations; of their wealth or grinding poverty? Nothing new here!
Oh, but,”It’s all swings and roundabouts” or “Here today, gone tomorrow”, phrases we throw around and around, but do we really listen to what these tell us; warn us?
In times of plenty, we build our prosperous ivory castles sky high and fear to look out of the window lest we see a hurting world. After all, we deserve our due for our hard work; we have built up our empires and this is our reward. We are too busy shopping and buying novelties to notice what is really going on under our very noses. We are too busy investing in commodities, stocks, shares, precious metal, too busy buying property and enclosing our lives in gated communities. Fearful of lack we will do anything to hang onto our wealth!
God’s Word teaches us, warns us,
” We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born. We can’t take our riches with us.” Ecclesiastes 5:15 New Living Translation
and in case you think that is the Old Testament and you are under grace, sorry but the New Testament also says,
“After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.” 1 Timothy 6:7 New Living Translation.
Lady Plenty is an opiate that silences our compassion, dulls our response to respond to others in need.When all comes crashing down and there is a hole in your pocket, what next? Who do you turn to, the money lenders, the institutional banks, family, friends?
We are all guilty of squandering, I’m as much to blame myself as to anyone else. We are short-sighted, blinded and too trusting of the world and its systems.Whilst the Western world is ensnared by Mammon, blinded and enticed into the rat race of materialism, Third World poverty has trapped them into a ‘life’ of utter deprivation, corruption, and an early grave.
It is not until you hit rock bottom that you cry out in confusion and despair, “My God, My God why have you forsaken me?” Your god, your god is wooden, deaf, unfeeling and cannot help you. Are you stunned by this? or maybe you have compassion fatigue? It’s just all too much!! We are stressed, lonely, the saints are worn out, Daniel 7:25 ESV.
I came across this prayer this morning, and it made me think, looking at life today nothing changes does it! This prayer was written by William Rauschenbusch, a Christian theologian, and Baptist Pastor, who lived from 1861-1918.
O Christ, thou has bidden us pray for the coming of thy Father’s Kingdom,
in which hisrighteous will shall be done on earth.
We have treasured thy words, but we have forgotten their meaning,
and thy great hope has grown dim in thy church.
We bless thee for the inspired souls of all ages who saw afar
the shining city of God, and by faith left the profit of the present
to follow their vision. We rejoice that today the hope of these lonely hearts
is becoming the clear faith of millions.
Help us O Lord, in the courage of faith to seize what has now come so near,
that the glad day of God may dawn at last. As we have mastered nature
that we might gain wealth, help us now to master the social relations
of mankind that we may gain justice and a world of brothers.
For what shall it profit our nation,
if it gain numbers and riches and lose the sense of the living God and the joy
of human brotherhood? Make us determined to live by truth
and not by lies,to found our common life on the eternal foundations
of righteousness and love,
and no longer to prop the tottering house of wrong by legalized cruelty and force.
Help us to make the welfare of all the supreme law of our land, and that
So our commonwealth may be built strong and secure on the love of all its citizens.
Cast down the throne of Mammon who ever grinds the life of men,
And set up thy throne, O Christ, for thou didst die that men might live.
Show thy erring children at last the way from the City of Destruction
to the City of love, and fulfil the longings of the prophets of humanity.
Our Master, once more we make thy faith
our prayer: “Thy Kingdom come! Thy will be done on earth!”
This pattern of have and have not has played out over human history, it is nothing new and we have not learned anything. People are blessed if they are woken up from their slumbering to hear, blessed if they turn away from the rotten apathy that dulls the heart.This makes uncomfortable reading, this challenges you and me to think again and stop playing a game of Russian roulette with your future.God has been waiting to see if you remember him, in all the prosperity and wealth you have been toying with.
If you have read thus far, through the caustic narrative of words that chill the soul then I have good news for you, “Fear not!” Once aware you can change, you can live differently, simply and at peace. God, your God sees and will come to you. He will place within your life, put your hands all that is needed but no more than this. He will send you to others who have no idea what is awaiting them lest they fall.
Is it realistic to think we can stop history repeating itself, and stop world poverty, and deprivation;we can, one person at a time. So today if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart, but turn again and let your life stand for righteousness and compassion. Decide this day whom you will serve. He waits to be wanted.
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 NLT.