"May He remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice." Ps 20: 3
In the recent history of the Caribbean and the United States we've had a series of incidences where individuals have lost the protection and security of their life's savings; they trusted people with their quasi-schemes and were let down.
The private security industry has experienced a major boom in the last few years with security expenses counting as the single most significant recurring cost for businesses as well in people's private homes. This is often a back-breaking item that drives many out of business as it appears that they are in a sense working for security companies.
So clearly we see that where we tend to "trust in chariots and horses," (verse 7) we're destined for disaster and disappointment. The way out...?
The way out, as I'm getting from the text, is to direct our offerings and sacrifices to God; support the work of the Gospel. Isn't it time we put our monies where our mouths are? If God is real (and we say He is), and if His promises are true (and we say they are) then instead of directing our resources, as we do, to these financial institutions and private security firms wouldn't it be better to invest in God's work? This is an issue surrounding giving to God sacrificially. After all, isn't it the case that, "Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain?" Ps 127: 1. Or is this idea only good as the subject of a sermon – but of no practical use?
Is it money or God that makes food grow? Is it money or God that brings healing to an ailing body? Is it money or God that affords us a loving family? I believe it is time God's people took His word at face value and trust Him instead of people/schemes/systems who'd only have "Made-Off" with their monies anyway; don't you?
Father in Heaven, You are our God, our Refuge, our Strength, our Protection. In You and You alone do we desire to put our trust - and may our monies and other means be placed where our hearts are (right where You are), we pray, in Jesus' name, amen.
This reading is based on Psalm 20. To read and/or listen to Psalm 20 and read other related blogs please go here.