by Chaplain Rhonda Daniels
Associate Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much." --Luke 16:10 (NIV)
During these times, life can be overwhelming, with the furloughs, uncertainty of finances, jobs and health issues. When life gets difficult, sometimes people will prey on you knowing how desperate your situation is and ask you to do something dishonest. What may seem like a simple gesture of helping can lead to a dramatic consequence. Have you watched the news lately?
There was a person who applied for a job but did not have the qualifications required for the position. He was deceitful in his responses to the questions on the application because he desperately needed a job. He was hired but was not able to fulfill the job requirements. Time and time again we allow our circumstances to determine our responses, instead of trusting God to provide for our needs.
The sixteenth chapter of the Gospel of Luke speaks about the responsible use of money. It is a unit with a single theme – the responsible use of money and property. The first section is addressed to disciples and the second to the Pharisees, who are represented by greedy people. This may not be a historically accurate description, but it does serve the purpose of exemplifying sinful opponents of Jesus and His message.
It is often difficult for us to be honest people and enjoy what little we have without yearning for more and bigger and better things. It is hard for us to be happy with one pair of shoes when we wish for twenty or with one second-hand car when we dream of owning a luxury automobile. But, while we may want these things, they are temporary. They will wear out, become old, break down and be forgotten. Let us remember little becomes much, when we place it in God’s hands.
Lord, please help me to honest in my dealings and in my responses to others. Help me not to hoard or be materialistic, but to be thankful for what I have. Remind me to cast my anxieties upon You, for You care for me so much. Thank you for being God who can handle anything I go through; nothing is too hard for You. Amen.