God Pays Dividends Part 2
How would you respond to God if suddenly your husband or wife died? Or what about if you lost a child, how would you respond? Maybe you loose your job, or your house, how would you respond? Not only did we look at Job last time, but we also looked at Naomi. Then we saw how Job’s wife wanted Job to lash out at God. Naomi blamed God and Rachel carried her sorrows with her through her life. And Rachel did not want to let go of her sorrows, she wanted to name her son Benjamin after her sorrows. Imagine, every time Rachel looked at Benjamin she would think of her sorrows, (see God Pays Dividends Part 1).
As we said last time, there are some who preach if you are having hardships it is because God is punishing you for your sin. Scripture and the examples God gives us do not support that teaching. Think about it in patterns. Is there a pattern of God killing his children? Or God wiping out his children? No, God wipes out unbelievers, not his own children.
How did your parents punish you when you were growing up? Maybe a spanking? Maybe sent to your room? Privileges taken away? Grounded? By your disobeying your parents you were punished. Now I am going to throw you a doctrinal curve.
Doctrinally, Paul writes the book of Hebrews to the Hebrews. Paul explains the father child relationship as God and his children. And Paul even says, Hebrews 6:1 KJV “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,”
Leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ….. why did Paul say that? Because what are believers to Christ? The doctrine of Christ to believers is a bridegroom and bride, not a Father and child. Believers are espoused to Christ. The principles of the doctrine of Christ is not a Father punishing his child and not Christ punishing his bride. But I digress.
Yes, God is our Heavenly Father but the church, born again believers in Christ are the bride of Christ. Even brides go through hardships, suffering and pain before the wedding. But those trials and tribulations are not the bridegrooms doing. Many believers and unbelievers do not understand the relationship of Jesus Christ and the church. It is a relationship of the bridegroom and the bride. Would you beat up your bride before your marriage? Do you believe Jesus will beat up his bride before the marriage?
So when believers go through trials, testing and hardships, those who do not study scripture react similarly to Job’s wife, to Rachel and to Naomi. Naomi and Job’s wife blamed God. And Naomi’s trials made her bitter. Rachel wanted to saddle her son Benjamin with her own sorrows. And Job’s wife wanted Job to curse God which means she wanted Job to walk away from God.
Every time you go through a battle in this life and you call upon the Lord and he rescues you, it builds your faith and confidence in the Lord. Sometimes God wants to see if you will walk away or get bitter. When you understand each time of testing or trying of your faith is only a season in your life and you trust the Lord with all your heart, you move to a new season. We are to be conformed to Christ.
Like Abraham, who was faithful even up to offering his son Isaac, we learn Abraham went through that difficult season and for Abraham’s faithfulness, God paid Abraham a dividend.
In Genesis 15 God promises Abraham a son. In Genesis chapter 22 Abraham offers up Isaac as the Lord requested. Then the Lord stops Abraham. Abraham passed a test God was using to see if Abraham would do something God asked him to do, even if Abraham did not want to do it. What happened? God paid Abraham a dividend.
Genesis 22:15-19 KJV “And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord , for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son :
 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
 So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beer-sheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beer-sheba.”
Paul explains to the church in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 KJV “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
You see, dividends are a corporation’s profits. Investors are paid a portion of the profits the business made for the year. That payment, by the corporation, to the investor, is called a dividend. Investors take the dividend and reinvest it back in to the company. The investor, at some time, will cash out and receive the fruit of his labor in his investing.
When believers 2 Corinthians 4:17 KJV
” For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;”
1 Corinthians 3:8 KJV “Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.”
1 Corinthians 16:2 KJV “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.”
Notice, God prospers us. We are not suppose to use what God gives us, dividends, to buy bigger houses, lots of land. Notice what Jesus said about the rich man and camel in Matthew 19.
Matthew 19:21 KJV “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.”
Matthew 19:28-29 KJV “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”
So you get a few extra dollars, do you buy something for yourself or do you invest in God’s business by helping the poor or others and be sure to share the gospel of salvation with everyone you help.
Every battle you have gone through has paid you a dividend. So when God gives you the victory, don’t spend the dividend on foolish things of this world, reinvest the dividend into your next battle. Remember, Ephesians 6:12-13 KJV
” For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places .
 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Until next time.
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