Recently I was waxing lyrical on the coming storm, and I thought I’d develop the theme a little bit more here.
It might be useful to consider our current situation – as I did when using the analogy of the white, pasty figure. One might indeed argue that we are currently under the worst kind of curse – a spiritual curse that numbs the body, mind and soul in physical ‘riches’, condeming us to hell because we never knew our real need.
Is money in itself a curse? Well no, I do not think so, though it has to be handled very, very carefully. And when we are as physically rich a culture as we are now, the sensible, sane thing to do it to seek to give that we would supply others need out of our riches. That is I think the choice that leads to life.
However, we have, as a culture, often chosen the darker path – hoarding our possessions, until they possess us. At that point, money does indeed become a curse. It’s often said that the wallet is the last thing in a Christians life to be converted – a telling indication of what is really important to us, and what really holds us in its grip. And this grip, it is a death grip, that will not let hold of us until we are spiritually blind, deaf – and dead. We wallow in everything we have, and our deadened souls are prepared for hell. Yes, as it can be fairly said that we as a culture are cursed through what we have allowed our possessions to become.
Did God intend this – is it a judgment against us? I do not know. Suffice to say, possessions are in themselves a test – to use what God has given for His glory, or to use it for our own ends, on the broad easy way to destruction.
It’s probably easier to note that whatever the intent was, the reality is that the weight of our possessions has become a curse unto us – and a curse of the most deadly kind, slowly killing us without us even being aware in most cases.
So, in light of that, what are we to make of the coming storm? For many of us it is going to appear a curse, although as I pointed out, it will also be a great opportunity. In fact I think it will eventually prove to be in many ways a great blessing, or mercy for those that walk in the way of the Cross. Now, indeed it will appear nothing of the kind, at least at the time. However, like with Susans dam, I rather think it will prove in the end to be to the good.
Lord, save us from the curses of poverty or wealth, rather give us simply what is needed in due season, and turn our hearts so that they will trust in you. Have mercy upon us, remember our frame, do not repay evil for evil but form us in your heart to be pleasing to your eyes. In the name of Christ I ask this. Amen.