Grace and peace be unto you.
Word of Encouragement…
“Little is much when God is in it, never labor for wealth or fame…” These words were taken from one of my favorite childhood songs. The beautiful words are not encouragement to settle for mediocrity or desire small things, instead, they inspire us to desire the things of God and be satisfied with what God has given us while we patiently wait for greater things.
The story is told that Jesus was ministering to a large crowd and His disciples became concerned that it was getting late and the people were hungry. And so, they suggested that Jesus send them away to buy food in the villages. Jesus rejected the idea and told them to give the people food to eat. The disciples were baffled and informed Him that they only had five loaves and two fish. He instructed them to bring him the loaves and fish. Jesus took the loaves and fish and blessed them. His disciples then fed the people and when they were finished eating, they collected twelve basketfuls of leftovers (Matthew 14:13-21).
Jesus told the disciples to feed the people because He knew that God had provided the loaves and fish. Likewise, God knows the resources you need to carry out His plan today and has provided them. If you are in doubt, ask Him to give you the wisdom to identify and use the resources for His glory (James 1:5). Or if you feel that your resources are inadequate, I encourage you to bless them in the name of Jesus and if it is His will, they will be multiplied (1 John 5:14).
The writer of Proverbs says, “Do not wear yourself out to get rich…” (Proverbs 23:4) and the apostle Paul says, “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction” (1 Timothy 6:9). God controls all the wealth in the world and gives it to whomever He pleases. Therefore, as you diligently and faithfully do the Lord’s work, He will bless you with wealth when He is ready. In the meanwhile, ask Him to help you accept His grace as you wait on Him.