Pastor David Stiles: Are you in need or just want more?
By Pastor David Stiles
Baldwin Baptist Church
What can be done for people who will not discern the difference between a need and a greed? Whose fault is it, when people waste their opportunities? Whose fault is it when they take no responsibility for their condition?
There are answers to the predicament in which one finds oneself. Ask a question of yourself. Am I lazy? Have I done all I can? Do I reject solutions and answers?
The Bible says, "Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread." (Prov 20:13)
Here is a fact: "The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat." (Prov.13:4)
We must be diligent. Some can't seem to figure it out. God has certain natural laws in place for success to meet our needs.
Paul says, "And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing." (1 Thess. 4:11,12)
This is a helpful practice. We must work and be honest in our dealings. There is a spiritual aspect to this question of meeting of our needs. Will you follow God? Will you sit and wait for someone else to help you or take your future in your own hands? Will you listen to the common sense God tells you from His word?
The Bible says, "He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. He that gathered in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame." (Prov 10:4,5)
What are you doing? Are you causing shame? Or are you being diligent? Winter is coming. Are you getting ready now? Don't sleep when opportunity shows up. To whom are you listening to make your decisions?
"He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough." (Prov.28:19)
Are you enslaved by the war on poverty? Will you stand up and follow God's directions? Stop following vain persons and till the land when you can.
Paul opens up the truth for us, "For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread." (2 Thess.3:10-12)
Think about it, even though it's not popular. What do you deserve if you won't work?
In the book of wisdom, it says, "Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment." (Prov.13:23)
There is poor judgement in drinking alcohol, taking illegal drugs, gambling, and maybe playing video games all day instead of work. You name it. Bad judgement brings poverty. Wake up America! Listen to the wisdom of God. He will help you by his directions. If you will follow them, relief is in sight. He loves us. He showed this love by giving of His only begotten Son to die on the cross for us. Just as he sent help from eternity past to be our Saviour, He expects us to take that gift of eternal life from him that he's offered.
His shed blood paid our sin debt. Accept Him now for eternal life. Don't remain in spiritual poverty when his riches are available to all who believe on His name. It is not good enough to follow God's directions to fill your belly and face eternity spiritually empty. You will die in your sin and because you are spiritually dead, you will spend eternity in the fires of hell prepared for the Devil and his angels. Don't look just on the here and now but past to the eternal destiny that is yours. Trust Christ today, while you may. Heaven awaits all those who put their faith in the risen Saviour.