Getting suckered into fearing money
Fear is the opposite of trust. When you fear the things of this world, you are not trusting God. When there is trust, there is no fear.
I had gotten suckered into fearing money lately. It wouldn’t be there. I would have no more coming in. I wouldn’t have enough to help others who I am moved to help. Etc.
Exodus 17:14-16 – God is Savior
14: וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה כְּתֹב זֹאת זִכָּרֹון בַּסֵּפֶר וְשִׂים בְּאָזְנֵי יְהֹושֻׁעַ כִּֽי־מָחֹה אֶמְחֶה אֶת־זֵכֶר עֲמָלֵק מִתַּחַת הַשָּׁמָֽיִם׃
15: וַיִּבֶן מֹשֶׁה מִזְבֵּחַ וַיִּקְרָא שְׁמֹו יְהוָה נִסִּֽי׃
16: וַיֹּאמֶר כִּֽי־יָד עַל־כֵּס יָהּ מִלְחָמָה לַיהוָה בַּֽעֲמָלֵק מִדֹּר דֹּֽר׃ פ
My English Translation
God (Yĕhovah) instructed Moses to write this document as a record, reveal God is savior (יְהוֹשׁוּעַ – Joshua) to remove from memory Amalek from under the whole sky.
14 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this in a book as a memorial and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 Moses built an altar and named it The LORD is My Banner; 16 and he said, “The LORD has sworn; the LORD will have war against Amalek from generation to generation.”
The Amalek came and fought against the Israelites, and they turned to God for help. God decided to take up the fight against the Amalek’s for the benefit of his people. But the core of this isn’t that God went to war against a group of people, it was that the Israelites turned back to God for help.
Genesis 48:15 – God is Shepherd
וַיִּבֶן מֹשֶׁה מִזְבֵּחַ וַיִּקְרָא שְׁמֹו יְהוָה נִסִּֽי׃
My English Translation
Israel adored Joseph declaring “In the presence of God (‘Elohiym), who my forefathers, Abraham and Isaac walked, God (‘Elohiym) who is called my shepherd, of His friendship (ra’ah), from all these days.
He blessed Joseph, and said, “The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, The God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day,
Abraham and Isaac walked with God. Joseph called God his shepherd. This means that Joseph knew that God was going to take care of him.
Psalms 23:1-6 – We wont lack.
1 The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not want (חָסֵר – Lack).
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Looking at psalms, you see that God takes care of our חָסֵר (lack), so we don’t have any need.
In the same chapter he takes care our path of righteousness. He guards us in the path of darkness. He prepares his table for us, even in the presence of our enemies. He makes sure that we dwell int he house of the Lord forever.
Why am I lacking?
11 “Has a nation changed gods
When they were not gods?
But My people have changed their glory
For that which does not profit.
12 “Be appalled, O heavens, at this,
And shudder, be very desolate,” declares the LORD.
13 “For My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me,
The fountain of living waters,
To hew for themselves cisterns,
That can hold no water.
This is what happened in Jeremiah’s time. Are you doing this now? Who is your God? Is it mammon, or lust, or fear? What have you to fear who walks in Christ? Did not Job, who stood firmly on God’s promise not have his life taken, just do it would be rebounded back to him in greater quantity? Or Lazarus who lost his breath life, had it restored for the glory of Christ? Are you not greater than the things of this world? Are your eyes not held on the things above, or do you gaze on the things of this world lusting after that which you don’t need, but desire in your core, which is against the knowledge of God?
I will tell you now, If you know the power of God, and His authority, then you will not be lost to the things of this world. For the things of this world will not hold up against the things of God.