Free Part 2
“For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills.”
-Freedom from worry that the wealthy have vs. freedom that the Godly have from wealth and worry-
What person doesn’t have some sort of worry or burden concerning bills or debt, especially when a large family is involved?
What person doesn’t want, what seems to be, some overall luck in life?
So much of the Old Testament talks about the provisions and blessings given to the godly and righteous. But, in David’s eyes, this blessing seemed to be poured out on the wicked even more than the righteous.
“Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence. All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments.”
Not only were the wicked blessed, David felt cursed.
Where was his justice? He was innocent and righteous but didn’t feel blessed. But those who were wicked, and cursed God and mistreated others, they had all the wealth and fortune of the world.
He was lamenting the seeming ease of people who were both wealthy and wicked.
Our needs are always before us and our wants are endless. And there is always someone that has everything, it seems.
Even the rich are hardly content.
And just as the poor are always with us, the rich are always with us as well, as they sport an ideal seeming life.
But David had the mind of a man and not of God, in this issue. And then he came into God’s presence and realized the truth.
“When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny…How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors! They are like a dream when one awakes; when you arise, Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.”
Never underestimate the importance of a season. For a season the wicked may flourish but soon they will not even be remembered. For a season you may feel downtrodden. But it will not last.
“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
As children of God, we do not need to focus on the problem. The need or desire that we have on earth is just that. An earthly problem. Freedom is not freedom from problems or needs in the sense that we never have them. Freedom is had in Christ in any situation, as David learned well. David relied solely on God’s teaching and the truth that was revealed set him free.
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Anyone who pays attention to life on earth knows that we are not free from ever having troubles. But the Spirit of God that is in us, He is greater than the world, than our hearts and greater than any enemy.
He is the satisfaction and the overflowing cup. His presence makes the earth appear as it really is. It is overflowing with the glory and beauty God. It is also always changing from season to season. The cares of this world are part of a past dead life. The Holy Spirit is our new life in Christ. Our victory and great joy. The Spirit of the Father and the Son that unites us to Both and reveals Them to us.
Like David, our freedom is found when we come into the presence of God and are reminded of Him and His truth.
Jesus told his disciples,
“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!”
“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
I know these are probably verses you have heard since childhood, but I hope you will read them with the faith of a child. They are as true as salvation. God is our good shepherd and He will always provide for and bless those who come to Him.
David did seek God and God’s kingdom first and David was never lacking what he needed. And, in time, David had the wealth of Israel at his disposal.
And what of the wicked he envied?
God reminded him of the outcome of their life. Their riches and ease in life would not transfer to eternity. Their wickedness would be repaid in perfect justice. But David had, and has, God almighty, His presence and His provision. It is true freedom of mind and soul that gives peace whether in times of plenty or times of want.
And what is our end?
True rewards await those united to the Son. Eternal friendship and unity with our Maker and our perfect Father. A place prepared for us in his home.
1 John 3:2
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.”
Do not forget the true treasures we have. Relationship with our Creator and our Savior. He has wealth, but He Himself is the treasure we are created for.
There is a very important lesson that is to be learned when it comes to freedom in finances. The lesson is not to have so much money that you never have to worry. Especially because those who have this can still lose it at any time. But we are to have faith so as to never worry. A perspective of one who is in the world but not of it. To build up our treasure where it cannot rot or be stolen. And that treasure is earned by relationship and fellowship with God.
2 Kings 19:14
“Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord.”
Come to God and honestly lay out to Him what your troubles are, even if they are small, even if they are huge. Tell Him.
God is the Father who loves to prove Himself faithful.
He will not, however, give you something to your detriment. Though sometimes, if you ask enough, He will give it and allow you to learn for yourself that it was not what you wanted.
The main thing is this: If you have a need, ask God. If you want something, ask. That doesn’t mean don’t work or don’t do what you can! It doesn’t mean be lazy. There’s plenty of proverbs about working hard and generally being wise with money.
But we are talking about worry and bondage. Do not let your needs weigh you down or worry you.
You can pray for God to bless the work of your hands as well as to bless you in ways you cannot do anything about.
Just do not come to God for only what He can give you. Again, He is your treasure. Come to o Him for Him, and trust Him to provide everything else. You can trust Him to be a providing Father. It is as simple as that. That is what most of the Psalms are about. They tell of David’s laments to God and always end with his praise for God’s goodness, glory, protection and provision.
God loves to prove Himself faithful. He is the faithful Father for us as He has always been for Israel and for any who believe. He will answer those who ask Him in faith. He loves His children.
Just don’t expect it to always be your own timing. And don’t think that waiting means you weren’t heard. It is persistent faith that builds our integrity and strengthens our faith further.
I want to stress one thing again. Yes, God knows your needs, but nothing will benefit you like taking a moment to actually say the words to God. Tell him your needs, your worries and even your wants. Spread them out before God like Hezekiah. Know that His love is yours and His attention is yours. He is, after all, inside of you, clothing you, and the rock that holds you steady.
And He is the perfect Father.
He frees us to be His children. To take His hand and be led through this life He has given us. Delight in Him and be free from worry about the present and the future.
In His Son, you are free.
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