No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. ~ Matthew 6:24
I’d been trying to grasp the unsettling idea for months. A faint, vague notion floating in and out of my mind. It felt like trying to separate oil droplets from water with a toothpick. Or struggling to recall a dream that I no longer remembered. But today, the idea came into sharp focus. And it caused me to search the Scriptures. Grappling with the question, Why do Christians seem to seek the devil for their blessings?
The question itself troubled me at first. I wanted to unthank it. But, I’d already perceived this image of self-proclaimed Christians—bowing to baal—in hopes of receiving gifts. Selling their arrogant souls for silver and gold… power and fame. Some sell so cheap… they get bought by vain flattery.
My biblical search took me to familiar places that spoke of the blessings of God (Philippians 4:19; James 1:17; 2 Corinthians 9:8). I read about moral degeneracy and societal decay (2 Timothy 3:1–4). How schemers embrace corruption and greed (2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 2 Peter 2:15). However, I was taken to an unexpected place.
I was led to Elijah. Specifically, 1 Kings 19:18. I was shown Romans 11:4. I came to realize that there’s still godly men and women among us—courageous leaders and holy shepherds. Those who God has set aside for His purpose in this time—so I need not worry. I need only call on the name of Jesus.
There’s no need to be dismayed by what is seen or heard. Nor a need to feel alone in the hope that things will get better. Keep kneeling in prayer! Keep being faithful! Keep doing good works! And watch as God pour out His blessings upon His children, which shall surpass anything that baal can offer.
In love and kindness… Seek to be named amongst the thousands… knowing that God’s got this in control.
God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.