We've been praying the wrong prayers. Stressing the wrong stresses. Crying the wrong tears. This adversity of which we speak is no adversity at all. It's not a stumble nor even a fall. This thing we call fire is not even a flame. And the fact that we wring our hands in despair is a shame.
True adversity growls and prowls around seeking those who try to hide. But there are many who suffer true sufferings inside. Hurricane and flood waters wash away lives. Entire families, little babies, and old folks alike.
Yet we have the nerve to pray about debt. Like a worst tragedy on earth has never been met. Do we serve God, or do we serve this money we desperately ask Him for? Do we lay awake at night worrying about His creation or about our credit score?
Whom do we serve? God or mammon?
God says wake up children, for a world of trouble is coming, the likes of which have never been seen. If we can't handle a little hiccup without shaking, then we are in for a rude awakening. We must not become so attached to the mammon that we forget why we're here. To serve the Master of faith without wavering, without fear.
There will soon come a time when this choice will be even harder to make. When we won't be able to earn a living without a mark that all will be forced to take. So please let us pray for those who are truly in need. Let us focus on following God's will not just in words, but also in deeds.