Based on I Corinthians 1:18-25
Modern technology sometimes gives new meaning to old words. When I was a child, “Spam” was an unusual meat product that would turn up on the dinner table with canned green peas when my mother was pinching pennies. Today, “spam” is the name given to e-mails with unusual and inviting offers and requests – some of which seem to come from trusted sources.
One of the “spam” messages I received this week was a humorous reminder of human nature. The e-mail, from a “Message Center” with a United Kingdom e-mail address, informed me that “Morris Brown A.m.e. Church” had issued me a $1,000 VISA gift card and instructed me to go to a website listed in the e-mail to claim my card and have it sent to me. Needless to say, I deleted it after I laughed at it. Morris Brown AME Church doesn’t issue VISA gift cards and if we did, I think I’d be aware that we do!
Getting “something for nothing” is an element in human nature and a tempting but seldom realized goal. Whether it’s a totally bogus offer like the e-mail I received, a fantastic deal from a merchant that ultimately has expensive strings attached, or a billboard showing the lottery “jackpot” that you might win if you spend a few bucks on a one in a million chance, we seldom get something for nothing.
What’s amazing is that some of those who will immediately go after “something for nothing” have problems trusting in the Lord because they need “proof” that God is real. That “proof” is evident when we arise safe and well each morning, when we make it through life’s close calls, when we realize that our blessings far outweigh our burdens and when we get caught up in troubling situations – sometimes of our own making – but survive and thrive anyway.
Take the time in a world of false and disappointing offers of “something for nothing” to trust in and stay in touch with the God who knows what we need before we think to ask for it. Doing so leads us to real peace of mind, real abundance in life and a true assurance that God sees, knows and cares for us. That’s the assurance that led one modern writer to say, “His love for me is like pure gold, yes, God is real for I can feel him in my soul.”