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Peace Fruit

Joy in Prosperity OK

In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider that God has made the one side by side with the other, so that man may not find out anything that shall be after him.

Ecc 7:14

There seems to be a great deal of conflict about money among many people today, but especially in the Christian community.  Should we really try and avoid money for fear that it will corrupt our souls?  Or is our lack of money something that makes us bitter and resentful of others?

We’ve seen the downfall of many churches and people of God once money comes into the picture.

As I look at this scripture from Eccelsiastes, I think that Solomon had the right perspective.  We know he was a wise man and was extraordinarily wealthy.  But we also know he saw it as empty and transitory in terms of giving his life and his eternity meaning.

Does it seem to you that Solomon is saying that God will always keep us on our toes so that we don’t get too comfortable in our lives?

Do you feel like you are in some kind of danger if you get too comfortable?

This does not only apply to financial comfort.  It can mean spiritual comfort, physical comfort, career comfort or relational comfort.  At any point the wind can get knocked out of us.

The question is, how will we respond?

Will we acknowledge that God is the source of everything and pray for spiritual joy no matter what?  Will we mine through our experiences to find the lessons that bring joy, insight and perspective?

Will we share what we learn with others!

Don’t be afraid to enjoy your life and your blessings, just know that your spiritual joy does not depend on them!

All the Best in 2013,

Julie