My Daddy is Rich

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Posted by Anitra Elmore

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Gold BarsWe are in financial crisis. You can’t turn on your television or read a newspaper without being reminded of that fact. Perhaps you don’t need the media to remind you because you are experiencing that crisis first-hand. And, if you’re not personally feeling the weight of our fiscal instability, you probably know someone who is.

The challenges are widespread; poverty is increasing, jobs are decreasing, and with that rise and fall, hopelessness seems to be taking over. I can understand that hopelessness. In the face of such great struggle, it’s hard to believe that relief will come. It’s much easier to look at things and assume they’ll never get better, especially when that’s all you’re hearing. Giving up becomes more and more attractive as things get worse. Unless, of course, you have a Father who owns everything and you choose to believe He enjoys seeing you blessed.

But sometimes, that’s hard to do, huh?

I’ve been there. The real estate crisis literally wiped us out. We suffered financial loss that seemed absolutely insurmountable and there were moments it would have been much easier to simply give up. It was an intense time of discovering that our Father is indeed a provider. He knows our needs even before we ask, and although it often seems He is delaying, He never abandons His children. Now, we’re on the other side of that struggle looking back on just how faithful He was. We have irrefutable proof that He cares more for us than the birds he feeds or lilies he clothes and that’s enough to keep our anxiety at bay (Luke 12:22-32).

Consider how children act when they know their father is wealthy. They don’t worry about how they’ll pay for things or where their next meal will come from. If they see something they need or even want, the don’t get stressed out about it because they know daddy has enough money to make it happen. Here’s how Jesus responds to that: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11). Even during this financial whirlwind, we can stand on that promise. Our Father is both willing and able to provide and I encourage you to ask Him to do so.

Don't be afraid of missing out. You're my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself. Luke 12:32 MSG

Ooh, ooh, quick update. I woke up this morning reminded of an obscure verse I heard some years ago: “’The silver is mine, the gold is mine,’ says the Lord of Hosts.’” It’s Haggai 2:8 and I encourage you to read the entire chapter. “[His] Spirit is abiding in your midst, do not fear!” (verse 5). I’m praying for you today, and if you have a specific request, please leave a comment or send me an email.


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