The American dream; The standard that many people across the globe and not just Americans strive to attain. The American dream has been said to consist of a big house in a middle to upper class gated neighborhood, with 1.5 children, 2 new cars and other luxury items. What the American dream fails to mention is that many people albeit living this “dream”, are paying heavily for it in one way or the other. Let’s not talk about the mounting credit card bills for the house they could not really afford, or those two cars or those vacation trips to Europe or those expensive clothes, etc.
Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with the American dream but it is disheartening to see people loose everything that they have worked hard for; when the dream you have built your life around fades away and becomes a nightmare. What I have seen in my short life here on earth is that unless the LORD builds your house, you can become wealthy and lose that wealth in a minute. That is why the psalmist says, “Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones” [Psalm 127:1-2, The MSG].
Truly unless the LORD builds and watches over your riches, it shall be taken away by every wind of problem and financial crisis that hits the economy. Job, the blameless and upright man that God boasted about to the devil was rich and wealthy. In fact the Bible says he was the wealthiest man in his area. Yet, it is through Satan’s conversation with the Almighty God that we see the true source of his wealth. In Job 1:10, the Bible says, “Have You not put a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have conferred prosperity and happiness upon him in the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land” [AMP]. We can see that it wasn’t necessarily the excellence of Job’s hands that brought him wealth, but the fact that God was blessing the work of his hands. Not only that, the LORD was SUSTAINING the blessings He had brought into Job’s life.
Yet when the devil was allowed to test Job, that hedge of protection from the Lord and His blessings were taken away and we see that soon afterwards everything in Job’s life started to fall apart. The Chaldeans and Sabeans who were always around and yet never attacked Him, soon took all his possessions and the most fatal of them all, all his 10 children were killed in 1 day [Job 1:12-19]. As though that was not enough, Job lost his own health [Job 2:7].
The greatest thing is that “In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God” [Job 1:22, NLT]. As a Christian, you ought to understand that there is an adversary, the devil who is looking around for someone to devour and to bring calamity to [1 Peter 5:8-9]. The mere fact that you have given your life to Christ makes him hate you for no reason, and he looks for opportunities to bring nothing but disgrace to you. Yet, as long as you continue to put your trust in God and His Word, NOTHING shall by any means hurt you and your household. Even when you go through challenging times, you will have the confidence to say “All things are working together for my good” [Romans 8:28]. You will be like Job and say, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” [Job 1:21, NLT]. And Oh, you will count it all joy and boldly declare that “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us” [Romans 8:18, NASB].
So I ask you, who is building and watching over your household; you or the Almighty God?