I seldom turn on religious TV shows, because when I do I typically hear the same two messages: (1) God wants you to be rich; (2) God wants you to be healthy. I believe God is good all the time, but that doesn’t mean those who follow Him always get wealth and health.
Consider this —
After Rehoboam’s position as king was established and he had become strong, he and all of Israel with him abandoned the law of the Lord.
Notice: When Rehoboam was healthy and wealthy, he abandoned God. When things looked bleak — when the future for Rehoboam was very much in doubt — Rehoboam was “walking in the ways of David and Solomon” (2 Chronicles 11:17). When the Egyptians attacked, Rehoboam and his court officials “humbled themselves before God” (12:6).
Hmmm, health and wealth derailed Rehoboam, but difficulties kept him close to God.
Maybe a better prayer than “Bless me” would be “Build Your character in me.” Or as it says in Proverbs —
Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown You and say “Who is the Lord?” Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
The prayer that Jesus taught us to pray is perfect: Give us today our daily bread … no more, no less. That keeps me focused on my Heavenly Father.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this…