But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your ancestors…. Deuteronomy 8:18
Like me, you’ve probably had some friends in your life you thought would be there through thick and thin, only to discover later that they come up missing when you need them the most. Some people are just interested in what you can do for them, and returning favors isn’t their strong suit. I was most aware of this than when I was in the entertainment business. I met many wonderful people when I played percussion in bands on the road, and I remain friends with a few of them even today. But many of the other performers often wanted favors from me only to become better known themselves. I used to joke that the doors from the dressing rooms to many stages weren’t big enough to allow the “big heads” of some performers to pass through them on their way to stardom! These “fair weather friends” just didn’t cut it when it came to sincerity and dependability.
I’ve met some “fair weather Christians” as well. These folks seem to think God is in the business of “prospering” them on their terms. I don’t think that’s what God has in mind when He showers us with blessings. Like the saying goes, it rains on nice people and mean people and everyone in between, and sometimes what appears to be a “blessing” to one person may feel like a curse to another. God warned the Israelites not to “forget the Lord…, His commands, His laws and His decrees” (Deuteronomy 8:8) so that when there was an abundance of food and wealth and possessions, they would not say of themselves, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me” (Deuteronomy 8:17). Everything we have in this life comes from God: our possessions and our precious families and friends, as well as the earth and everything in it. We grieve the Lord when we take these things for granted. If we accept this basic premise of God’s goodness to us, we will be ready to sail through the rough seas that will inevitably come in this life.
Lord, stir gratitude in our souls for all You do for us. Amen
Meg Blaine Corrigan is the author of three books: Then I Am Strong: Moving From My Mother’s Daughter to God’s Child; Perils of a Polynesian Percussionist; and Saints With Slingshots: Daily Devotions for the Slightly Tarnished But Perpetually Forgiven Christian. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of New Mexico and has worked with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and war veterans. Her books may be purchased through her website, www.MegCorrigan.com or from www.amazon.com .