I once heard a Christian from one of the poorest places on earth say that he and his Christian friends were praying for North America. That might shock some. Surely it should be the other way around? But we here in the midst of our prosperity are in desperate need of prayer. The prosperity has put blinders on our eyes and our spirits.
A pastor tells the story of a woman who had just gone through several extremely difficult things in her life including a house fire and serious illness. She'd been advised to read the book of Job and came to the pastor because she found it frustrating and not at all satisfying.
"Job's prosperity was returned to him. So what?" she said. "How did that help?"
How sad that she missed the point at the end of the book of Job. The point isn't that Job's prosperity was restored. The point is that he now knew God in a way he did not know Him before. And knowing God is worth any price.
Many people have asked me as I've gone through cancer, if I asked God, "why me?" That question didn't occur to me, but this question did - God, who are you? Who are you, really?
In His mercy He showed me who He is - a God who is there, who cares enough to do small and profoundly significant things to keep hope alive, day after day.
At times we cling to God because there simply isn't anywhere else to go but then we discover He is The Place, the only place, the Only One for each of us. When we discover that, we are able to survive almost anything, even in the poorest countries in the world. I suspect that Christian who prayed for North America was well acquainted with that God. Too many of us here in the land of prosperity are not.
Lord, open our eyes, awaken our Spirits to know you more profoundly, to love you more deeply, to honour you more sincerely. Amen.
Marcia writes from Alberta Canada. Her devotional book, Spur of the moment and her novels, One Smooth Stone and A Tumbled Stone are all available on Amazon in either print or ebook format. Visit her website to learn more about her writing/speaking/teaching ministry.