And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel? And the man of God answered, The Lord is able to give thee much more than this. (2 Chronicles 25:9)
If you have made a mistake, bear the loss of it; but do not act contrary to the will of the Lord. The Lord can give you much more than you are likely to lose; and if He does not, will you begin bargaining and chaffering with God. The king of Judah had hired an army from idolatrous Israel, and he was commanded to send home the fighting men because the Lord was not with them. He was willing to send away the host, only he grudged paying the hundred talents for nothing. Oh, for shame! If the Lord will give the victory without the hirelings, surely it was a good bargain to pay their wages and to be rid of them.
Be willing to lose money for conscience’ sake, for peace’s sake, for Christ’s sake. Rest assured that losses for the Lord are not losses. Even in this life they are more than recompensed: in some cases the Lord prevents any loss from happening. As to our immortal life, what we lose for Jesus is invested in heaven. Fret not at apparent disaster but listen to the whisper, “The Lord is able to give thee much more than this.”
Charles H. Spurgeon, the author of the above devotion, has such a way of forcing me to look honestly at my attitude towards everything this life throws at me. Sure, I know my God is gracious and giving, I know it with my head and sometimes with my heart. Yet, each time I finish reading anything by Spurgeon, I think to myself… ‘he and I have served the same God yet he described God bigger, better, more faithful, loving and gracious than I have ever imagined him to be.’
I hope one day to be this kind of follower of Christ, to be someone who leaves others with a desire to re-evaluate who they believe God is and to drive people to His Word to find out more about… the God they thought they knew.