I consider myself to live a pretty normal life. I wake up every morning and go to work; that dreadful 9 to 5. Saturday is me time, and of course, Sunday is church. I’m not rich, but make just enough money to get by. Sure there are some people who are less fortunate than I, and would love to trade places with me any day. But when you’re frustrated in your situation, you tend to not think about that. While I am thankful for what I do have, I’d be dishonest if I neglect to say that I want more. I live this monotonous mundane life, and long for change. I yearn to live the abundant life the bible speaks of; the one that Christ came for us to have (John 10:10). I look at others in their prosperity and wonder when I will gain the blessings so much that I don’t have room enough to receive it (Malachi 3:10).
So here I am on the train, on my way to work. It’s about 8:15 A.M. I’m standing over someone who’s sitting, and I’m close enough to read what’s written in the newspaper they’re reading. The headline and picture instantly caught my attention. It’s a picture of a very famous “power couple” who are the biggest names in music right now. “He”, is the most successful hip hop artist of our time, and “she”, the most successful female R&B/Pop artist of our time. Yes, your thoughts are correct, that’s exactly who I’m talking about. Her name rhymes with fiancé, and his rhymes with Macy’s. They are on a yacht cruising in the middle of some exotic ocean, off the coast of a beautiful island. With one hand he is steering the boat, and his other arm is placed around her. In his mouth is a cigar, and they are staring off into the sunset. The headline reads “It’s Good to be (insert his name here).” I instantly became angry. Wow! They are living the LIFE! Hold up, something ain’t right. I should be on that yacht! They don’t pay tithes. I do! But here I am on this crowded train fighting for arm space with all kinds of people breathing down my back, going to my miserable job. This isn’t fair! Where’s my poured out blessing? This was my mindset, and like David, I was guilty of being envious when I saw the prosperity of the wicked (Psalms 73:3). Seemingly, they have everything.
I allowed this very issue to get to me for a long time. I became angry with God and thought of all the promises in the Word but I have nothing to show for it. Yes we know the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just (Proverbs 13:22), but where is it? I thought about all the God fearing people who struggle day after day, while unsaved celebrities fly across the globe on private jets, and vacation wherever whenever in the world. They live in the best homes, and drive top of the line cars. They have enough money to pay off their bills without having to give up any luxury to do so. They prosper. Or do they…?
I won’t begin to discuss what they lack despite what they have, but I will say this; I had it all wrong. I took my eyes off of Jesus and like Peter, began to sink. I began to covet material things and developed an attitude of ungratefulness. Sure God wants us as his children to prosper financially. But prosperity goes far beyond that. I’m healthy, that’s prosperity. I have peace, that’s prosperity. I have a relationship with God, therefore my soul prospers. In this life, it’s easy to look at what someone else has and get distracted. I encourage you all, let’s always be mindful of keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus. The Bible says “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalms 37:4). Its quite simpe. Take God at His word, and leave it at that.
Written By: Shenelle Wallace