“And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey” (Mathew 25:15).
In the 25th chapter of the Gospel of Mathews, we read about the parable of talents. The word ‘talent’ indicates several ‘abilities.’ At the same time ‘talent’ is also a unit of currency with great value. Five talents are equivalent to approximately one crore of rupees. God is closely watching how we spend our money and how we gain souls with it. In the end, He will ask for the details.
“Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (I Corinthians 4:2).
There is a steward for the ministry and there is a steward to the Gifts of the Spirit. At the same time, there is also a steward for the economy. The steward has to account for everything to his master. He should be faithful.
RICHES AND HONOUR!
“For every beast of the forest is mine and the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10).
God said, “I know all the birds of the mountains and the wild beasts of the field are mine. “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is mine and all its fullness” (Psalm 50:11, 12).
“For wisdom is better than rubies and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her” (Proverbs 8:11).
What do many people think? Their thinking is that it is satan who is behind the worldly things and offers them the blessings to all whom he likes or to those who worship him. Most of the people belonging to other religions have an exclusive god for prosperity. They believe that if a sacrifice is made to such gods while beginning a trade or building a new house, they will give immeasurable wealth. In Indian culture, people choose a day and call it as ‘akshayath day.’ They spread the false belief that it is the day of prosperity and if some gold is bought on that day, their wealth will grow abundantly.
I WILL EXALT!
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mathew 6:21).
Money and things of the world are indeed necessary to live in the world. There is no doubt in saying that it is essential to work hard to earn money. Even in the Garden of Eden, God had some work for Adam to do. He was asked to cultivate and guard the land. God never gives anything to lazy people.
NO WEAPON SHALL PROSPER!
“This day I will begin to exalt] you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you” (Joshua 3:7).
It is possible for God to elevate and exalt any man. He raises the poor from the dust and set them among princes. Joy, fame and honour come from Him.
THOUSANDS OF TEN THOUSAND TIMES!
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn” (Isaiah 54:17).
Today we have come into a period in which people display a mendacious behaviour. They smile outwardly but at the same time carry treacherous thoughts inside. We see people displaying care and concern towards us but practically they dig a pit at our back for our burial. We come across sorcerers and enchanters who, even over tiny issues, retort with great evil things.
“Our sister, may you become the mother of thousands of ten thousands; and may your descendants possess the gates of those who hate them” (Genesis 24:60).
That was the time when Rebecca was to be the bride for the forefather Isaac and at this juncture we find her family blessing her thousands of ten thousand times.
ONE WHO MAKES UPRIGHT!
“May the Lord God of your fathers make you a thousand times more numerous than you are, and bless you as He has promised you” (Deuteronomy 1:11).
If God blesses you a thousand times more than what you are today, how great it would be! The mankind which was created with two persons has grown beyond seven hundred crores today. Just think over how many times it is. “It pleased the Lord to bless Israel” (Numbers 24:1).
I WILL BREAK THE YOKE!
“I am the Lord your God,……I have broken the bands of your yoke and made you walk upright” (Leviticus 26:13).
The Israelites were the slaves to the Egyptians. The Egyptians placed unbearable load on them. They had to burn numerous bricks every day but were not provided with sufficient straw for the purpose. The Egyptian supervisors beat them terribly and forced them to toil hard. They were not provided with any freedom or independence and had to walk with heads bowed.
WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE FIRE!
“For now I will break off his yoke from you and burst your bonds apart” (Nahum 1:13)
Satan likes to place innumerable yokes on people of God. He initiates to enslave them by attracting them with sinful habits. But God supports His children and delivers them from all the chains and slavery bought by satan. “…..if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
WHEN YOU PASS THROUGH THE RIVERS!
“When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you” (Isaiah 43:2).
The first is water, the second is more suffering which is rivers and the third is the burning fire. “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings…..” (I Peter 4:12, 13).
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you” (Isaiah 43:2).
The Scripture does not promise that you will not cross the rivers. It also does not say that you will never face tribulation. You may have to cross the rivers and you may have to go on the path of sufferings. Reproaches and tribulations may be on your way. But in all these circumstances, God will remain with you and help you overcome them victoriously.
GOD WHO SUPPLIES ALL NEEDS!
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you” (Isaiah 43:2).
The greatest promise of covenant among all other promises of God is “I will be with you”. He neither leaves nor forsakes you. This applies not for a few days or years but He will be with you always even to the end of the age. His presence will be with you and it will go before you always.
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
The world is imperfect indeed. While some have some sort of physical deformities in their bodies, some lack wisdom and some others are affected by financial shortfalls, meagre salary. Some others place certain shortfalls deep in their minds and keep on thinking over them which leads to frustration. But there are some people who make good of what they lack with the riches of His glory.
what is good!
“Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you” (Zechariah 9:12).
The children of God have good things and blessings in double. God blesses both worldly as well as spiritually. He graciously gives all the blessings of the present life and also He gives the glorious eternal life.
WILL COME SURELY!
“Yes, the Lord will give what is good; and our land will yield its increase” (Psalm 85:12).
You might have been expecting some good things to happen, in the past. Has the good happened? When will a solution come to this problem? Were you depressed with the thought that how long I need to struggle for this? Today God promises you and says, “My son! My daughter! I will give you what is good.” He is a God of compassion. The heavenly Father will be merciful to you as a father is to his children.
SHALL BE ENDED!
“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:2).
Every verse in Psalm 121 explains to us what God’s nurture, protection and miracle are. The first verse stays as a prayer. “I will lift up my eyes to the hills — from whence comes my help?” Looking up to God and lifting the eyes with faith are good prayer indeed. Here, David gives a name to God ‘Hills from where comes my help.’
WILL BE TURNED INTO JOY!
“….the days of your mourning shall be ended” (Isaiah 60:20).
The days of mourning, days of sorrow and the days of darkness might have followed you so far. But, since God stretches his arm towards you today, all these days of mourning, sorrow and darkness shall come to an end.
“Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy” (John 16:20).