Being a pastor, I deal with some pretty heavy issues on a regular basis. Yesterday’s was very deep.
Chris texted: “Can I be mad at God for not providing me an F250? That’s valid, right?”
Relying on all my years of education, experience, and intuition, I responded: “Yep. Most valid things revolve around big trucks.”
Chris’ complex theological question got me thinking.
While I am certain when I go to heaven, God will give me a brand new Ford 250; I cannot remember where it says it in the Bible. But that’s my life in heaven. This life is different so I have to have a different set of expectations. Jesus set a very different standard.
In the Lord’s Prayer, he taught us to pray: “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11)
Jesus never mentioned God giving his followers giant homes, perfect health, great educations, stable marriages, diamond rings, Rolex watches, the latest designer fashions, lucrative careers, great educations, or F250 pickup trucks. We are to be content with having the needs of this day met. That’s all.
So, if you’ve got food to eat, a roof over your head, and clothes on your body; don’t just be content, be thankful. You’ve been blessed.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, the world tells me I always need newer, bigger, and better. Help me to be content with the blessings in my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Don’t worry about what others have. Be glad for what you’ve got….
That is, unless you want an F250 like Chris does. Then, all bets are off.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.