“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as thy soul prospereth.” ~ 3rd John 2
To the Christian who makes enough of an income to house, feed and insure their family telling other Christian’s who receive public assistance of any sort that they are not trusting God and that they are putting their faith in government and man rather than in God as their source.
When I listen to the Mom or Dad who is working hard many hours a week just trying to keep afloat with the cost of living often going up and working wages going down making an income well below the poverty line and qualifying for public assistance allocated to them and their children to keep food on the table and give them a primary care physician they all can see…
I say Amen.
Logically, I would ask, is it not the same God who supplies you with that job that pays enough who supplies the assistance to those with jobs that do not?
And if your job is not your source and God is and your job is just a means in which God is supplying you your needs through, who’s to say that God isn’t doing the same for those working and receiving public assistance? Couldn’t one’s assistance be the means in which God is providing for the one with a lesser income?
And do people realize what an insult to injury it is and how much it’s a lot like kicking someone when they are already down to tell them that if they trusted God more or had as much faith as those who let’s say have a good job … that they wouldn’t be in the poor dependent situation they are in?
Let me lovingly suggest that whether it’s your job or public assistance that you are dependent on. Isn’t it still to both (the giver and the taker) from either your job or assistance that The Lord still holds that high honor as our Help?
By whatever means, he is providing for you at this time.
If it is through assistance because your day job isn’t making you enough to support all the people in your family. Keep your head up and keep going strong. All things are subject to change. Don’t grow weary in doing good. God sees all you are doing to keep it all going for you and your family and personally, I rather see my taxes go to creating better-paying jobs and to help you and all of yours continue to make it than I like seeing them go to more corporate interests and bombs or wars oversea.
And to the ones who have been graced with good education and a job that pays you more than enough. Please don’t look down on those who are working hard and giving all they have every day and still coming up short on their daily needs… God forbid you were to ever lose your job and need the assistance yourself.
My suggestion is that we consider becoming more concerned about us all (on this planet) having what we need to live and thrive on…
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, for God has said: “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence: “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
~ Hebrews 13:5-6
“My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
~ Philippians 4:19
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us”
~ Ephesians 3:20
God is our Source and I believe that His Provision can come to us by any means that He deems fit.. be that our job, self-employment, government assistance, gift or inheritance.
As Christians (rich or poor) aren’t we all putting our faith in His Provision for us?
If not we should be and I personally will not tell Him from what cisterns he is to draw our present grace and provisions from.
No matter what means by which he is providing… Let us all stay grateful for Our Source.
In His Love, Pastor Scott