“Better the little that the righteous man has than the abundance of many wicked people.” – Psalm 37:16
There are very few things in this world about which I really care anymore. I don’t have the time, the energy, the resources, or the desire to invest in anything that doesn’t really matter to me. That’s why I don’t entertain people who smile and pretend to be nice to my face, then turn around and talk about me behind my back. What’s the point in putting up a front, anyway? Everything is laid in plain sight before the Lord. He knows the hearts and minds of men. And He’s the only One who can get me to heaven, which is my ultimate goal. That’s where I place all my efforts and all my hopes. That’s why I wake up every morning. It’s the Lord. It’s to serve Him, so I can make it home.
And, each day the devil is working to try to turn me around – to turn even those who are supposed to be my friends against me. Some days I get discouraged, like any other Christian. Some days I don’t feel like I deserve His wonderful love and kindness. Well, nobody really has done anything deserving of the matchless love of the Savior’s sacrifice. Some days I am tempted, but being tempted is not the same as sinning. Jesus was tempted by Satan.
The Bible says that He was tempted in all points, like we are, but He was without sin (Hebrews 4:15). Satan doesn’t tempt us with things that he knows aren’t enticing. He tempted Jesus with food when he knew that He was near starvation. He tempts the addict with alcohol. He tempts the broke and entangled with debt with money. That’s how it works. You can’t tempt someone who already has food with a meal.
What the enemy needs to know is that anyone who is against the Lord is my enemy. Anyone who willfully goes against God’s will and denies the Son of God is an enemy of the cross. Anyone who deceitfully and maliciously seeks out to harm me, my family, or my friends is my enemy.
I will dig my heels in the ground and not budge one single bit before I ever do anything that someone like that wants me to do. I don’t care what it is. You can’t treat someone like trash, spit in the face of their God, and bring harm to them and their loved ones and expect that they will do anything that you want them to do. It doesn’t work that way.
“Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fatted calf with hatred.” – Proverbs 15:17
When Abraham was offered wealth from the king of wicked Sodom after rescuing his nephew Lot from his captors – and, as an unintended result, the Sodomites who were captured along with him – Abraham gave an answer that is the same that I give to my enemy today. “Abram said to the king of Sodom, ‘I have raised my hand in an oath to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, that I will not take a thread or sandal strap or anything that belongs to you, so you can never say, “I made Abram rich.”‘ (Genesis 14:22-23).”
“Better a little with righteousness than great income with injustice.” – Proverbs 16:8
I don’t want a thread, a sandal strap, a shoelace, a nickel, a dime, or a penny, or anything that belongs to you – you who trample on the Son of God. I’d rather starve than take a piece of bread from the unjust and the evildoer. I’d rather be poor and homeless than to take dirty money from the unrighteous. I am not for sale.
And I’m not doing anything that anybody tries to deceitfully force me to do. I don’t care who it is. I consciously choose to do as I please. God has given me that privilege. What happens unconsciously – I have no clue about that. I choose to follow God and reject the devil and his workers of unrighteousness. You can have all that other stuff. It’s all going to burn up anyway. Just give me Jesus.
“Better to be lowly of spirit with the humble than to divide plunder with the proud.” – Proverbs 16:19