In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus prayed that God’s will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
“Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.” – Mat 6:10 NKJV
God’s Will on Earth?
This implies that God’s will is not always done on Earth. There are things that happen on this planet that God doesn’t want to happen. Earthquakes, tornados, floods, and even volcanic eruptions destroy massive amounts of property. Sometimes hundreds of human lives are lost. To say that God wants, or wills, this to happen just doesn’t fit with our theology of God. Atheists taunt believers. They argue that God is not all powerful and can’t stop these tragedies. Or else, he is not all good. How can a good God allow such calamities?
What these mockers don’t realize is that through our ancestors, Adam and Eve, mankind rejected God’s rule and will on Earth and instead opted to promote Satan to be “the ruler of this world” giving him the right to preside over the affairs of men. Our world is caught in the devil’s system which brings suffering and death.
The way back to God’s kingdom is through the power of Jesus’ sacrifice, death, and resurrection. Jesus’ victory on the cross is spreading across the world. It may seem that his light is growing dimmer in the US and Europe, but it is shining brightly in Africa and Asia.
The problem of Satan’s rule and corruption in this world affects our relationship with our money also. Instead of trusting that God will meet all of our needs, we elevate the value of money and put our trust in our bank account. We think that we can ward off the problems of floods and hurricanes because the insurance company will mitigate any loss and pay us to rebuild–bigger and better.
In God We Trust
We don’t fear growing too old to work and produce because we have the promise of a government social security check and an IRA to protect us against old age infirmity. Our government prints the phrase, “In God We Trust,” to remind us from where true security comes. However, we continue to set up the dollar sign idol in our hearts and think that if we can only pile up enough cash, we can buy any kind of comfort we need and ignore the true Comforter.
Jesus scolded us for our preoccupation with money and the material things it buys. He reminded us that the birds didn’t work at building computers or selling real estate each day, but God still feeds them. The lilies don’t stare into their closet for five minutes every morning wondering which outfit to put on, but Armani never dressed anyone as beautifully as God dresses the lilies.
We have to learn the lesson Paul learned. Be content with enough for food and clothing (1 Tim 6:8). Don’t try to “keep up with the Joneses” or covet the blessing God gives your neighbors. Determine what God’s will is for you and seek that and nothing more.