Key Word:- FOCUS
Title:- Magnetism, Money & Magnificent Muscle
Psalm 73:7 Their eyes bulge with abundance; They have more than heart could wish.
If you have ever been bullied as a young boy, then one thing you might eventually come to desire is muscle and fear. You will want to look like as much ‘bad news’ as you can so you can instill fear in other people; fear that will ‘keep them away’ and make them ‘leave you alone’. If you have experienced the debilitation that comes from physical weakness, then you may want to acquire this. Magnificent Muscle after all, is might! Right?
If you have experienced the desperateness of poverty, then you may also want to posses the power of money. It’s true that Jacuzzis contain desperate and lonely people but my suspicion is, not many. Money of course does bring you happiness. Let’s not lie about that one friends. If you have experienced the closed doors, limitations and inabilities that financial frugalness finds you in, then maybe you will want to get money and lots of it!
Mighty money and magnificent muscle may be the standard tools for your average megalomaniac, but they are also the chief sources of sought power and protection amongst us all! So, we find arms manufacturers always doing booming business, fitness centers packed to the gunnels with grunting sweaty men, supplement shops stacked with steroids and the property market will of course once again always be moving towards record highs, as each day the power of possession tells its lies of ‘safety’ and ‘security’, forcing men and women to work every hour under the sun to gain more and more sterling, dollars, bucks, clams, MONEY and MUSCLE.
Channel surfing, I recently stopped upon a daytime chat show, (Mogadon for the miserable!) showcasing two mothers who had been at one time, thieves. One had stolen $18k and served her ‘time’, the other, a diamond thief, had never been caught and boasted about spending over $40million. The first ‘straight’ money she was earning was coming through her book and riding high and proud on the back of the rights of the film, which will be released soon, having a famous Hollywood actress playing her as 'the thief.' So get this, the women who steals $18k to pay her debts and to keep the roof over her head and feed the kids, gets caught and ‘goes down’, the other woman, steals simply because she’s an evil witch and then boasts about it freely, because as she puts it, she “has been clever enough to make sure that there is no proof to indict her"! Both are thieves, one for the right reasons, if you know what I mean, the other for the wrong ones and she’s the one that becomes a rich paid celebrity guest on a daytime chat show?
It’s a strange world we live in but not a new one. David with consternation writes in Psalm 73:2-5 that his feet had almost stumbled and his steps had nearly slipped because he was envious of the boastful, having seen the prosperity of the wicked. As he puts it “For there are no pangs in their death, But their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like other men.” David says in effect, “What is happening here?! Where is God in all this injustice?!” You see friends, the deception of might and muscle is not a new one.
The magnetism of money and muscle amongst us must not be underestimated. Daily we are faced with their pull and daily, we must reset our thinking with the words of Jesus. Remember, in a moment a mere microbe can fell the tallest and toughest of individuals. In a moment, the desperate search to find a cure for a debilitating disease can rob you of all your money. In a moment, the stock exchange can crash and with it all your walls come falling down and all your streets be filled with mire. In a moment, both muscle and might can be seen for the dead and deceiving, dreadful idols they truly are.
Meditate upon the Word today and degauss your mind, for undoubtedly it has been warped with the magnetism of money and muscle. Let me ask you today, “Who’s your daddy?"
Listen:- My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish; You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry. But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, That I may declare all Your works. Psalm 73:26-28
Pray:- Lord, be the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Take me to the sanctuary of Yourself and help me see correctly. O Lord, scour my eyes and scour my soul and help me tear down every false deceptive thought that has taken residence in my brain and root in my heart in Jesus name I ask it, amen!