This has been staying with me, revealing to me things I need to see.
You know, so many of us know those verses in Matthew 6 where Jesus says, "seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you."
And we believe it to an extent -- at least in our words and in part of us we feel it is true.
But do we practice it?
Do our actions show that we believe this?
In this book, money surely looks like the answer they need. They are going to lose their ranch because of a really bad situation. The main character goes looking for a relative who used to have a lot of money. Turns out he gave it all away. He can't help the way the main character thought he could help.
And it is in this time they say money isn't the answer.
I've thought it. Maybe you've thought it. My kids have thought it. We watch Wheel of Fortune together as a family hoping our Spin ID will be the one on the screen even (you win $5,000). There's nothing wrong with this. We enjoy it but it isn't our answer.
As I thought of all this, I read the list of inheritances in Joshua 18 to the sons of Israel. In verse seven it says, "for the Levites have no portion . . . the priesthood of the LORD is their inheritance."
Hosea 13:4c says, "For there is no savior besides Me (GOD)."
How many times do we still buy into the world view of money being the answer to our troubles? To our unpaid bills? To our stress? To our future?
When we do we are deceived.
When we do we aren't seeking God's kingdom first.
When we do we have chosen and a lie over the truth.