‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.
What will man do to me?’
Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
—Hebrews 13:5-8 (NASB)
At a time when millions appear to be caught in the throes of the Faith-Prosperity Movement, subscribing to the notion that Christians should be reaping financial rewards in this life, I’m quite sure these verses aren’t regularly referred to in such circles. For such it can be an exceptionally hard thing to come to terms with the fact that a fixation on money is actually evidence of one’s discontentment with Christ. You either believe that in spite of modest financial resources by the world’s standards He is always with us, never forsaking us, or you don’t and show it by embracing such false doctrines as those twisting Scripture so as to make money a priority. Like most things in life for Christians, it’s a test of faith, a way of establishing that we AREN’T afraid because of our reliance on Him as our sole and ultimate help.