True Riches

So my wife and I made a huge decision at the beginning of this year. We decided to move back to Texas! We had started our married life in Georgia, grew together as a couple here, served with a local body of believers (who we will miss dearly), but then felt God’s calling to move back closer to friends and family.

One of our biggest struggles with this decision has been how to proceed with our careers in Texas and how the income situation will work out. We desire to start a family and raise children, but at the same time the worries of having our needs met often cross our minds. One of the biggest reminders that God has given us to trust His faithfulness and put value in that which is truly eternal.

I had to honestly ask myself:

is this the first time
this anxiety had come up?

I remember when I graduated from university, I wondered if I would get a job or not. Then, when I was established in my career, I  worried if that would be enough to sustain me and my future wife. Now that I am married, that same fear creeps in: is the job that I have and the career I have enough to sustain my family?

When all of this was crossing my mind, God gave me a very appropriate passage from His Word that addressed the worry I was struggling with:

Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. | 1 Timothy 6:17-19

What cause did I have to worry?
What did I need to be fearful of?
Nothing at all!

Hadn’t God proven to me over and over again that through Him I will always have enough? Not only through each of those situations I mentioned above, but in countless other times in my life as well. Essentially what I was telling God was this: “God, please give me enough money, so that I don’t have to depend on You any longer!”

Do you hear how ridiculous that sounds? I may not have said that out loud, but that was the intention of my thoughts. God had proven time and time again in miraculous ways that He would always be enough, but I needed to hear that reminder yet again.

One other passage that encouraged me was in 1 John; it really convicted me to have a true self-analysis of where my love lies:

Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. | 1 John 2:15-17

Fast forward to a couple of weeks later after I had started interviewing, and I ended up getting several offers through two companies that I was really excited to work for! Praise the Lord! Not only had God answered my prayers of being provided enough to sustain my family, but He went above and beyond (like He always does) and gave abundantly. He gave me three offers in two cities with much more than I could have asked for and now it was time for a decision. Which one should I take?

I knew that we would have enough to be comfortable and wouldn’t have to worry about expenses, but how would I be serving God through this opportunity?

Was I thinking about worldly satisfaction
or an eternal perspective?

Luckily this wasn’t a hard decision to make—God has been faithful and always will be. I knew that I could trust Him no matter what. Even if it didn’t all add up mathematically, it would still be okay because He was in control and His power is greater than any reasoning my feeble mind could comprehend. He gave an important reminder through this experience: wealth will come and go, but that is not what holds eternal value. God has given us spiritual gifts and talents in this short life to worship Him and extend His kingdom, and that is what has lasting value!

Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. | Proverbs 23:4-5

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