Did you know that God created mankind for the purpose of establishing relationships? Genesis 2:18 says that in the beginning, He created Adam, and decided it was not good for him to be alone. He created Eve, and said she was help that was “meet” for him, meaning she was someone suitable (or proper) for him. Why did Adam need help? He needed help to develop out of self-centeredness. With Eve in his life, God knew Adam would always be challenged to consider someone other than himself.
God established the institution of marriage between Adam and Eve for the purpose of eliminating their “aloneness.” We need companionship for reasons far greater than just satisfying a lonely heart. With Eve by his side, Adam was forced to fight his selfishness. By loving someone else, he would become a better man.
This does not apply only to married people. This applies to every relationship we will ever have as human beings, including our relationship with the Father Himself. Yes, He wants to have a relationship with us! We were designed for relationships. Relationships far exceed having fun times together with friends. God views relationships as covenants.
We all need to learn to establish covenant relationships. We need someone in our lives to help us develop. For example, single people need to establish covenant relationships to help them grow out of selfishness. All relationships are designed to help us mature in unconditional love—the God-kind of love.
When we receive something we’ve earned through our own efforts, the world can attach strings to it. We may think we’ve succeeded when we’re finally able to afford the luxury car we’ve been wanting, the expensive resort home by the lake, or that big diamond ring for our wife. But cars can be repossessed, homes can go into foreclosure, and if we hit hard times financially, we may have to sell the ring. Trusting in the world’s co-called “blessings” can be unsettling, but God’s blessings can’t be reversed.
Seeking stability in the stock market, a big bank account, or financial investments can seem like a good idea at the time, but it can all shift and disappear in the blink of an eye. God loves us and wants us to benefit from the true wealth resulting from His eternal blessings, if only we accept them. Being born again and accepting His grace is a step in the right direction. When we believe in the blood sacrifice Jesus made for us, we become righteous and holy in God’s eyes.
In the Old Testament, the children of Israel were told to burn regular sacrifices on the altar to atone for their sins, but the Scriptures foreshadowed Jesus’ perfect sacrifice thousands of years later. “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.…But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.…For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified (Hebrews 10: 1-3, 12, 14).
The message here is that God never counts our sins against us or cuts us off from Him. Things aren’t always what they appear to be to the human eye, but sometimes we make the mistake of doubting God’s love when our sins block His abundant blessings for us. There’s no power in the universe that can take away the blessings of grace, abundant life, victory, peace, prosperity, joy, and happiness that God has already set aside for us. Jesus’ blood washed away our iniquities thousands of years ago, and God now sees us through the blood of His Son.
Some of us may be struggling with financial lack, which makes it difficult to stretch our money far enough each month to pay all the bills. It’s stressful and discouraging having to juggle which bills get paid first and which ones can wait a few days. Having enough money to live comfortably can seem to be an elusive dream. But God’s will for our lives means abundance in all areas, including our finances.
If you’re like many in the world, the holiday shopping wrecked your budget and maxed out your credit cards. You may find yourself wondering how you’ll make it to January, how to pay for your purchases, and how to keep from getting the lights and the gas shut off. Don’t be deceived—God doesn’t want us to struggle every month just to make ends meet. We’re His children, and He wants to bless us, and our checkbook, abundantly.
God knows we need money, and He doesn’t want to see us broke and penniless. But our earthly desires can betray us, and it’s easy to seek money over everything else. The Bible tells us not to get our priorities backward, and when we seek Him first, everything else will fall into place. “For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:32, 33, NIV).
We need to visualize by faith that we already have it and act like we’ve already received it, and God will keep His promise. He’ll bless us financially, but we need to keep our part of the bargain, which means handling money responsibly, by paying the bills, balancing the checkbook, establishing a household budget, not relying too heavily on credit, and giving generously.
A spirit of generosity has no relation to our bank account. The Bible story that teaches us to trust God and give out of faith uses the example of a woman who put all she had into the offering plate in the temple, despite the wealthier people making much larger donations. When Jesus saw this, He made note of it. “Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on’” (Mark 12:43, 44, NIV).
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