There is a danger in being blessed. There are usually two extremes when missionaries raise their financial support. Either the missionary has too little support or the missionary has too much and denies the Lord asking, “Who is the Lord?”.
7 Two things have I required of thee;
Deny me them not before I die:
8 Remove far from me vanity and lies:
Give me neither poverty nor riches;
Feed me with food convenient for me:
9 Lest I be full, and deny thee,
And say, Who is the Lord?
Or lest I be poor, and steal,
And take the name of my God in vain.
We must not forget where our support comes from! If we do not have enough to feed our family or put a roof over our heads, then we should re-evaluate how much we are believing God and how much we are working! On the other hand, once we begin to feel comfortable with what the Lord has provided, we must guard our hearts from pride and the feelings of self-reliance!
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 pSubmit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 wHumble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
My dear brethren,
As we raise our financial support and serve the Lord, may we never forget where the provisions come from – our Provider!