I do not understand the world around me. Those who take from everyone around them seem to win, good guys often finish last, and incompetence reaps a reward regardless. Where is the consistent link between work and reward? Is there a bond of opportunity that is open to all? Can doing the right thing take one to a rich destination?
The harsh answer depresses even the optimistic. “There isn’t”, “no”, and “it depends on one’s definition.”
As evidence I would offer the fact that nobody speaks of a tycoon’s ethics and honesty. We all know that it takes more than hard work to get rewarded. Many times we chalk up the results to “fate”. The world definition of being rich is almost redundant with the ends justifying the means. Only in a spiritual realm, and even there it is not consistent, does the process and path one is on take on a greater importance.
In this world what does this do with the statement that “God won’t starve an honest soul, but he frustrates the appetites of the wicked” (Proverbs 10.3)?
I believe there is a more important question that we keep avoiding. “What do we really, truly, from the bottom of our heart, in the quiet of the night, with everything we have, want from life?”
For me, I want to nurture and plant God’s trees. I love seeing them grow. I look forward to getting old and being able to see and experience the outcome of a journey hand in hand with God. In this process the longings of my heart find their fulfillment.
I know that nothing else will do; I have been there, tried much of it, and found everything else to be lacking. Satisfaction is illusive when God is not in the picture. When He/She is there, everything that I seek in life, known and unknown, begins to come into focus.
I pass this on in the hope that it will help in your steps today. Regardless, you rest in my dialogue with God. Peace, grace, and love to you today.