Following God Brings God Fortune
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Proverbs 14:15
The Fact or Fiction Formula
WISE PERSON + INACCURATE FACTS or FAULTY ASSUMPTIONS = FOOLISH DECISIONS
Proverbs 14:15 NIV
The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.
"Following God Brings Good Fortune"
The belief that God always honors my obedience in a way that will better my circumstances… that becoming a Christian will improve the quality of my life. Fact or Fiction?
Another Life Formula
Disappointment = Expectations - Reality.
Disappointed Faith can turn into Disillusioned Faith which can lead to Abandoned Faith. When following God doesn't lead to good fortune then we're left to wonder, "Why God? " or "Why bother?"
Job 1:1-3 NIV
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
Job 1:6-12 NIV
One day the angels came to present themselves before the lord, and Satan also came with them. The lord said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the lord, "From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it." Then the lord said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil." "Does Job fear God for nothing?" Satan replied. "Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face." The lord said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger." Then Satan went out from the presence of the lord.
Job 1:20-22 NIV
At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The lord gave and the lord has taken away; may the name of the lord be praised." In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
Matthew 13:20-21 NIV
The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.
Job 2:7-10 NIV
So Satan went out from the presence of the lord and afflicted Jobwith painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, "Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!" He replied, "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
Blessings or the Blesser?
When we believe that following God will always bring good fortune, then it's tempting to be in the faith thing just for the stuff. Worshipping the blessings becomes more important than worshipping God.
Job 2:10 NIV
He replied, "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
Job 1:20-21 NIV
At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The lord gave and the lord has taken away; may the name of the lord be praised."
Beyond This Life
Because of Jesus, "good fortune" awaits all who truly believe in Him. We get a foretaste of that good fortune in this life and will experience its fullness in the life to come.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.