The life lived well, judged by My eye, will be a life protected and guided by My Spirit. Trouble and blessing, bringing forth fruit in season and out. Look not for comfort and worldly riches, but look instead for the great blessings of a life lived for God. Comfort and ease are not rewards of the holy, but growth in holiness, and the peace and joy of My presence through all. Glad is the heart that has walked with the Spirit; a life given to wealth is the gold of fools. Wealth given by My hand builds the man to greater in the eyes of Heaven. Wealth pursued at the expense of the Spirit empties the man to a shell, with his only glory left at the grave – forgotten is this man. I bring you storm, that your course might be made right, and for blessing in season of harvest. Seek not the wide road. You are called apart, that you would follow Me through storm and sun, that your way would not be lost, and your riches not lost to time.
Matt 6:19-20 (ESV) – “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
Bottom Line: God is the provider of those who follow Him. You will have enough, likely more than enough, if your first priority is for the things of God. This does not mean you have to quit work to be a missionary or preacher, although this may be the call for some. For most of us, it means living and working with the mindset of putting God’s will above our own, and also not giving in to the constant lure of materialism. We dedicate our time not only to pursue our career, but also to love our family and serve others. Seek first His Kingdom, and all else will be given!