Think it's hard standing in the face of adversity? Try standing in the face of prosperity.
Precious few are those who can live in the lap of luxury … who can keep their moral, spiritual, and financial equilibrium … while balancing on the elevated tightrope of success. It's ironic that most of us can handle a sudden demotion much better than a sizable promotion.
Well, it really isn't too difficult to explain. When adversity strikes, life becomes rather simple. Our need is to survive. But when prosperty occurs, life gets complicated. And our needs are numerous, often extremely complex. Invariably, our integrity is put to the test. And there is about one in a hundred who can dance to the tune of success without paying the piper named compromise.
Dr. Charles R. Swindoll has served as pastor of some of our nation’s most prominent churches, chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary, and Bible teacher on the internationally syndicated radio program Insight for Living. He has written more than thirty best-selling books, including STRENGTHENING YOUR GRIP, LAUGH AGAIN, THE GRACE AWAKENING, and the million-selling GREAT LIVES FROM GOD'S WORD series.
In times of adversity, our hearts and minds quite naturally turn to God. After all, who else will save us from our despair?
But in times of prosperity, the temptation is to turn from God-consciousness to self-centeredness and self interest. After all, we must now protect our assets. Compromise is now lurking 'round every corner.
This is why Scripture is so clear: "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money" (Matthew 6:24).