set free by truth

A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the Lord will prosper (Proverbs 28:25).

I want to prosper in the Lord in every way possible, how about you?  The above scripture states that our prospering is dependent upon our trust in God.  How do we do that?  How do we live out the daily details of our lives with a complete trust in God?  In looking at this proverb, the Lord reminded me of a time when I was the greedy person stirring up dissension.  I definitely was looking to man and not God for prosperity, and when it was withheld, I began to stir up dissension.  This is a story of greed, division and learning to trust the Lord.

I was offended.  Sure, my children were very young, but the monetary gift they would have received was to be set aside for future college costs.  One person thought differently, and it affected the outcome of the amount of funds we were going to be able to set aside for them.  For an entire week I wrestled with thoughts like, “well, the nerve…” and “It will all be fine; it is no big deal.”   I teeter-tottered non-stop in my outlook on the situation until finally, I was completely offended and ready to do something about it.  I was never going to acknowledge the other person.  I resolved to stay mad and disconnected for the rest of my days.

Wow.  I did not recognize myself.  It was an ugly stance, and I knew it.  But I was justified, or so I thought.  The dissension was on a small scale at that point.  Only my husband and I were in the know and in agreement:  we had been wronged.  We had not revealed yet our formation of two teams:  “us and them,” but we were ready to take the dissension to the next level.

The next church service was a divine set-up for me.  I remember my pastor preaching from the Gospel of John when suddenly, he spoke a scriptural truth that hit me squarely between the eyes.  I was forced to make a decision:  was I going to look to man to provide for me, or was I going to trust God to provide what we need when we need it?  I told the Father, “I will trust you.”  Instantly, the offense disappeared and my heart was reunited with the other.  I know for a fact that the sin of greed was uprooted because the next time we were all together, it was as though nothing had happened.  In the weeks that followed, God made sure to prove my renewed thinking correct by blessing us abundantly in His generous love.

I am thankful for the working of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life.  He guides us into all truth so that we can lead a life unhindered by sin.  The result is our committed trust in God, and in that state, we can be certain that we will prosper.

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