God’s Blessings – Satan’s Obstacles

I always joke that if I lived alone I would own one fork, one, knife, one spoon, one cup, one plate, and one bowl.  That way I could never have a sink full of dishes.  This morning I did some dishes.  When I wash dishes, I often think of Muftau, a young boy who washed our dishes, utensils, and the pots and pans while we were staying with his family in Ghana on the continent of Africa.  He would squat down on a slab of concrete beside his house with a bucket of water and that was his dish washing area.  I also think of a day in Haiti when we had purchased 20 gallon of fresh drinking water and took it to an area for people to drink.  We had several stations where kids could play games, but the longest line was for a cup of water.  There were two lines and two cups and a hundred or more people drank from those same two cups.  In the church, we each want our own personal communion cup and here were 100+ people all drinking from the same two cups until every drop of water was gone.  I remember my wife standing beside the truck crying at the long line.  She’s probably tearing up right now as she reads this and remembers it.

To have this nice dish washing area in the middle of our home is an absurd way to live in comparison with the rest of the world.  To have an ice maker in our kitchen fridge/freezer that keeps ice ready for us is better than kings used to live.  And hot water for baths and showers is a must.  With our two adult sons living in our home for a little while, it means we have 4 cars parked outside our house, not counting the new car in the garage.

And today’s devotion is not to make you or me feel guilty about the luxuries that we consider necessities.  It is to remind you that this comfortable way that God allows us to live is a double edged sword.  We can behold the blessing of living how we live, but we often miss the danger that comes with it.  A phrase the came to me in Haiti is, “Satan uses some peoples’ prosperity to keep them from God and uses others’ poverty to keep them from God”.  From the prosperity angle, Satan gets us to the point of seeming to not even need God.  And from the poverty angle, he whispers, “If God cared about you, how could He let your children starve?”

There’s a Scripture that says God will use everything (including the bad) for His good.  Just remember that Satan will use everything (including the good) for his bad.

Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in your faith and in the knowledge that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.… 1 Peter 5:8-9

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2 Responses to God’s Blessings – Satan’s Obstacles

  1. Sandy says:

    Your story is also bringing back many memories from my past mission trips and water. Thanks for sharing!

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