How I wish my people would listen to me!
How I wish Israel would walk in my ways!
Then I would subdue their enemies in a second;
I would turn my hand against their foes.
Those who hate the LORD would grovel before me,
and their doom would last forever!
But I would feed you with the finest wheat.
I would satisfy you with honey from the rock.
Psalm 81:13-16 (CEB)
It can be a comforting thought to read this Psalm and believe that as long as we are walking with and listening to God then he will fill our bellies and punish our enemies. In fact, when our bellies aren’t full or our enemies triumph the temptation is to turn outward and look for those who aren’t pulling their weight. If only they would get with the program, if only they would listen to God, if only everyone would walk in this path then God will be pleased and everything would be okay.
But, as Christians don’t we believe that victory has been achieved?
The real enemy, death, has been defeated (1 Corinthians 15:57).
The threat of scarcity has been overcome (Acts 2:42-47).
We are continually walking in the triumphal procession, in the “great cloud of witnesses”. We join in the parade for the victory of Christ by passing out the spoils of his victory and spreading the aroma of his victory. These are not earthly treasures that will rot and rust, but eternal, spiritual treasures. We proclaim that death has been defeated, we are freed from the powers that would threaten and control through the power of death. We are freed to share life, give abundantly, and serve humbly.
The way of God is to walk in the way of Jesus who has already subdued our true enemies by walking through death and triumphantly into the new life. A life not defined by death, fear and scarcity but by life, joy and abundance.