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Kay: United States
I'm wondering how to reconcile:
God wants to be number one in our lives. He loves us and dotes upon us and wants to guide us into the city, job, house, etc. of His choosing. In fact, He wants to be everything to us; He wants to be our God.
"So, therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple," (Luke 14:33).
In our world money is such an important necessity that people will do anything to get it. Some will work too much, rob, steal, swindle, (you name it) to get money and the things it will buy. In that way, it becomes more important to that person than God.
We all need money, but we can not allow it to have dominion over the things of God and take such prominence in our lives that it has precedence over what God wants us to have, and how He wants us to get it.
Sometimes God may have plans for us that do not include riches. This makes it impossible to serve God to our full potential and yet allow our desire for lots of money to control our lives and to keep us from the things of God. It just won't work.
We are to pray read the Bible and listen for the guidance of the Holy Spirit with an intent of making Jesus the priority over everything else, including money, in our lives.
"For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies," (Thess 3:10-11).
This is God's way of telling us that we need to be responsible in making provision for ourselves, and others who may be dependent on us. And, at the end of the verse, to not be busybodies, (out stirring up trouble and carrying tales, etc).
There is an old saying that, although not scriptural, goes right along with the above quote, "A busy man is a happy man."
God knows this and wants us to be happy and following this advice will keep us ours in a lot of trouble.
Another thing regarding working is that if you can always manage to have a job or perhaps your own business, even if it's not the best job in the world, you will always be able to provide for yourself and perhaps others.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths, (Prov 3:5-6).
Here again, Kay, God wants to be a priority in your life. He wants you to pray and to learn to listen for His prompting and guidance and to trust Hime for everything. His plans are always best and will bring you the most happiness. It will also accomplish the things He would like to do through you.
Practice listening for the Voice of God that is deep inside you, not through your ears, except He may occasionally send someone to give you a message which is usually a confirmation of the things you have already heard in your spiritual heart.
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you," (Matt 6:33).
Yet, another time God is asking you to make your priority His Kingdom and to make sure you are there. And then including all these things (the rest of your life, material, financial) including the things we have mentioned above, will be added to you.
And most importantly they will be His choices for you. One day you will look back and realize that His paths are always the best.
If you will always be determined to find His will and to follow (which you seem to be doing) your life will be a success.
Jesus loves you very much Kay, and I pray He will bless all your efforts in every area of your life,
I hope you can visit often,