The Blessing of Less

How many times have you looked at your bank account and wished God would bless you with more? In our house, it is the 15th and 30th of every month. There is an assumption that God’s blessing equals having more and needing less. While a popular idea, it could not be less biblical.

Scripture is replete with texts that tell us that we are blessed when we do not have every comfort and security the world can offer us.

Isaiah 2 says that God rejected his people because they are “filled with silver and gold, and there is no end to their treasures.” (v.7) But of course, that’s only half the story. It is not that God’s heart is opposed to our having treasures, but that our hearts are so prone to treasure them.

Isaiah 2:8 (ESV) — 8 Their land is filled with idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their own fingers have made.

There are four reasons God is opposed to our treasuring things other than Him. First, because creation is moving toward God’s glory. (v.11) God created the universe for His glory. God saves us for His glory. God is the ultimate being, infinitely holy and good. If He did not desire His own glory, He would be an idolater Himself. Second, because the treasures we place such pride in today are tomorrow’s rust and ash. (v.9,11) Consider last year’s new treasure or the thing you had to have 5 or 10 years ago. Where is it now? Where will it be in 100 years? Third, what little glory we may achieve for ourselves is only worth a breath. Verse 22 says, “Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?” One day the best of us will take our last breath, and then be shortly forgotten by those whose praise we so eagerly sought. Finally, according to verses 2-4, we should not glory in treasures or ourselves because the nations are flowing to the House of the LORD. It may not seem that way presently, but God is using the march of history to call people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself. Even including the increasing secularism of Europe and North America, the world is becoming more religious, not less.

The things we treasure apart from God are empty promises. But in God we will find the peace our hearts are seeking.

Have you considered that the blessing of God for your life may be to give you less so you might find infinitely more in Him? Have you learned that you will not know the faithfulness of God until you suffer want? Can you know the peace of God unless He brings you through turmoil? The treasures, want, and turmoil pass away, but the goodness of God is eternal.