“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Luke 16:13 NLT
This has been a very interesting year for me as far as being tested and keeping the commandments of God. The 5th Commandment, “Thou shall not steal” is one that Satan is using to wage a war against the Saints of God. What happens when we do not have enough money? Do we eliminate or reduce giving tithe and offerings? I have listened to two friends who shared diabolical schemes to commit fraud and deceit. It was both disappointing and disheartening that Believers of God (self-proclaimed status) would feel they had no other options in life. It is also interesting that the acquisition of money was the motive for both parties to develop their plans of deception.
I keep asking myself why would they share their plans with me. Surely, this must be a test that would either shake or strengthen my faith. However, my duty is to God. In the end, I have lost both of my friends when I did not agree with their plans. This was not an attempt to present myself as self-righteous or “better than”; this is a proclamation of my loyalty and love for God. I also contemplated on how destitute I have been throughout my lifetime. In spite of my weak faith, God has always delivered me in His time.
It takes the right circumstance to bring out a person’s true character. How far will you or I go? Prayerfully, we will go all the way by taking our burdens to the Lord in prayer. Wait on the Lord; He will take us much further than we can ever imagine.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz