There is something fascinating behind the lives of the rich and famous. If you have ever had the opportunity to visit resorts, visit wealthy neighborhoods or vacation in exquisite destinations, its amazing what money can buy. Yet, one has to wonder, what has led to the accumulation of mass possessions? While the answers vary, discipline, hard work and persistence are involved. However, at some point the blessing of God must be considered.
The LORD‘s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous, Proverbs 3:33.
During my 10 years as a high school teacher, I spent numerous hours developing curriculum. One of the most intriguing chapters I taught was based upon an 18th century case study. A pastor’s family and criminal were placed side by side, examining the descendants of each for 2 generations. The findings revealed the pastor’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren went on to pursue higher education, serve the military and become self-sufficient. Meanwhile, this alcoholic turned criminal gave birth to needy individuals, costing local, state and the federation government over 1 million dollars.
You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, Exodus 20:5.
Few people fail to recognize the conditional relationship crafted into the 10 commandments. Growing up Catholic the verse above was omitted from CCD, similar to Sunday School in evangelical churches. This passage suggests that God will not allow those people who chose to ignore God’s principles to prosper. Unfortunately, modern sermons highlight the loving God of the New Testament, often canceling out the teachings of the Old Testament. Yet, behind blessings and curses, you reap what you sow, leading to one or the other. In view of this truth, choose obedience today.
by Jay Mankus