“Gloom, despair, and agony on me. Deep dark depression, excessive misery. If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all. Gloom, despair, and agony on me!”
Do you remember that old song from the 70’s show, “Hee Haw”?
As funny (and corny) as the show was, it’s sad to think there are children of the Most High God who act as though the song was written for them!
Come on, people!
It certainly isn’t what the bible teaches.
For instance, take a look at Psalm 112.
“Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments! His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous. It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries. He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn is exalted in honor. The wicked man sees it and is angry; he gnashes his teeth and melts away; the desire of the wicked will perish.” (Psalm 112:1-10 ESV)
He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
Whom does God bless? The one who fears the Lord, who delights GREATLY in His commandments!
How important is God’s word to you? Are you more concerned with making a buck, or counting on luck, than you are with knowing AND doing the will of God?
Maybe you’re thinking, “I fear the Lord, but nothing good ever happens to me.” Really? Jesus Christ died and rose again for you, didn’t He?
Well, didn’t He?
God is not a liar. If He inspired someone to write Psalms 112, and inspired others to put them in the book we call the Bible, then it should be clear just how much the Lord wants to bless you and I in every area of our life.
The phrase, “He has distributed freely…”, is a key to a blessed life. People who are fearful about the economy quit trusting God. People who quit trusting God no longer “distribute freely”. People who stop the flow of giving find themselves wanting and needing, with no provision.
But the person who is following the Lord’s commandments, who enjoys blessing others, will have a continuous harvest of blessing!
My theme song isn’t the tune from Hee Haw. No, mine goes like this:
“Love, joy, and blessings on me, Sweet peace abiding, excessive victory, It’s all because of Jesus, It wasn’t luck at all. Now there’s love, joy, and blessings on me.”