Ray Comfort shares about a police operation in California. There were thousands of criminals they were seeking to apprehend. The officers came up with a plan to lure the offenders into a warehouse by sending out letters telling the men and women they had won a lot of money in a drawing.
There were balloons and signs and clowns outside the building to welcome the eager participants when they showed up. As they walked inside the warehouse each criminal was welcomed with loud music and applause and then were told, “Congratulations, you have just won time in prison!”
Many of them admitted they thought it was a sting operation, but their greed was too much to keep them away. The emotional pull of material delight was simply too strong.
As Mike Murdock (seen on Cleveland’s Daystar Network) shares, the secret to contentment is in knowing that God alone is your source. Your boss, your employer, your government or any other thing is not your source, God alone has that role. When we know that he is responsible to supply our needs, be they material, physical or spiritual, then we can rest in the knowledge that he has our best at heart. So many people lack because they are looking to the wrong place as their source.
People fail, people don’t follow through, people take without giving. Indeed, when the people wanted to make Jesus a king, we are told he refused because, “he himself knew what was in man” (John 2:23-25). His Father was his source, the same as he is to be to us. Jesus refused to trust man to be his source.
Knowing God as our source changes everything. As Dr. Mike Brooks shared, “God cares far more about our needs than we care about our needs.” The difference is that his supply is endless.
Phillip Brooks wrote, “Pray the largest prayers. You cannot think a prayer so large that God, in answering it, will not wish you had made it larger. Pray not for crutches but for wings.”
Reinhard Bonnke has preached crusades in Africa where unimaginable numbers of people have attended. After his massive crusades reached 500,000 people, he told his wife he believed that God had maxed out his outreach. His wife told him, “God has no maximum!” He knew she was right. Incredibly today the crowds that gather reach upwards of two million people at one assembly.
That is what happens when God alone is your source. Forget the nonsense of people that say God answers yes, no and not yet. Scripture tells us plainly, “No matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:20). We often miss the ‘yes’ because we are so focused on getting the crutch when he has already given us all that we need to soar.