The Irony of Pleasing God
Don’t listen to the TV evangelist that says “Hey send God your money (to this address) and you’ll recieve blessing 10 fold.” ie, “Give to GET”. Let me point out a few observations.
1. In Genesis 4, “The Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering”. What was the next thing that happened to Abel? He died at the hands of his jealous brother Cain.
2. Genesis 39: Joseph denies Potopher’s wife. Keeping himself Holy and pleasing to the Lord. What happened? 9 to 13 years of Jail time.
3. Genesis 40: Joseph interprets the cup bearer’s dream. Result? 3 more years of Jail time.
4. Job . Need I say more?
The one lesson you can learn from the above examples is that life is not fair. Call it the price of free will. Yet we are still called to “give of our means”. It’s a demonstration of faith. Just don’t do it expecting a bountiful return on your investment. All things are from God. So you’re not really giving anything at all to God. You’re just giving back a portion of what He’s blessed you with. And I urge you to do so “cheerfully”.
Just don’t fall for the Media evangelist that’s selling you on a 1000% interest rate. This is probably the same evangelist that will sell you on salvation by repeating this simple prayer “insert the I believe prayer here” . Then go on with your sinful ways and claim that you’re “once saved and always saved”. Don’t fall for it.