My wife and I were on our way back from vacation when we received some disturbing news about someone who was being adversely affected because of their life circumstances. Their situation had caused them to want to commit suicide. As we were talking about the situation my wife made a comment about how people need to stop the madness and focus on what they have.
Well, when I heard that I immediately said “or what they don’t have.” Now I know that sound so crazy, but sometimes you have to focus on what you don’t have in order to realize the blessing that God has given you.
The truth is, just because a person has material possessions do not mean they are blessed and not going through anything. There’s no exception to the rule that says because you have material things, that you are free from circumstances, problems or situations. The bible teaches that when you go through adverse situations and if you are serving Christ, you will not be forsaken. Christ will have your back, your front, and your side covered.
The widow woman in 2 Kings 4:1-7 is a great example of what some would consider as a have not, however, I disagree, she was a have. Let me explain what this woman had:
Take some time to read the story. I am sure it will be a blessing to you. Let’s look at another example; this time it is an example of someone who may be perceived as a “have” but, actually he is a “have not.” The rich young ruler in Luke 18:18-30.
The question that he asked in vs. 18 tells us two things about him:
It is an ironic exchange that Jesus proposes to this rich man -- exchanging fabulous wealth here on earth for fabulous wealth in the Kingdom of God. Would you agree with me that there have been many in history who has tried to buy their way into God's good grace?
LET ME SAY THIS FINAL THOUGHT: The truth is that money itself has a way of polluting us; that is, tempting us to compromise our values in order to gain and retain it. 1 Timothy 6:9-10 says, “But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many grieves.”