Frank began this weeks part of the story under stress. How many of us carry that stress – the walls that we are building around are life don’t seem to be as strong as we thought. We strive for protection, security around our family, our finances, etc.. But what does it bring? Stress.
Re gets to the heart of the matter quickly with his misunderstanding of Frank. Is it a matter of trusts or a matter of trust? God does not bring stress – there may be pressure in life, there may be trials, but stress?
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
He gives us peace – not as the world gives. When we lack that peace it is time to make sure what you’re doing is in line with what God is wanting to do.
Look at Re; the joy, the peace he exudes. We learn later that life has been no walk in the park for him, but he grasps this key lesson.
Frank has built impressive walls in his life. He is clearly a wealthy guy, nice house, pool, investments – everything. His financial planner is even impressed by him as we saw in the first film. But Frank learns, as we all do, that when push comes to shove those walls can do precious little. Frank’s investments cannot save Cassie from a purse-snatcher and his retirement plan won’t steady the hands of the doctor.
Let me take this opportunity to say again – financial planning is not a bad thing! The Bible is full of advice about money. As we have stated before – God isn’t trying to get your cash – He’s after our hearts.
Frank’s heart was clearly leaning on his financial state – his “imaginary walls” and we learn that Re’s history holds a different perspective on those walls. Re used to resent those with money. He saw what the money could do, how it could change his circumstances, and he hated them for it. It was in that dark time when he found those verses in Proverbs 18.
A rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
And like a high wall in his own imagination.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous runs into it and is safe.
Re learned the difference in “tower living”. The view, the perspective, the strength. Our walls crumble easily, but the name of the Lord is a strong tower. When we run to it we are safe. Re experienced real hardship in his life, his wife dying of cancer, homelessness, but he knew where to run.
Re unlocks another important piece in his conversation with Frank. Frank asks how we can tell the difference between building imaginary walls and being smart with your money. Re answers “Maybe when you stop thinking of it as your money.”
If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’
if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained…
… then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.
Re gets it. It isn’t about us. It’s about Him, the strong tower.
Now before you think that this is only a hard lesson to learn for the wealthy, consider the story Re told about his own journey. We touched on it earlier. Re saw those around him that had financial wealth and began to hate them.
Consider Proverbs 30:8-9, Agur prays a very interesting prayer there: “…give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have to much and disown you and say “Who is the Lord?” or I may become poor and steal and so dishonor the name of my God”
Agur knew a thing or two about our human nature. Just as Frank had been trusting in the abundance of his finances, in Re’s past he had dishonored the name of God by hating those that had more.
Are you hurting today? Are you stressed? Do you long for peace in your life? Run to the Tower! Leave the crumbling imaginary walls behind and see what your world looks like from the tower of the name of the Lord.
We all faces trouble in this life. We are tested and sometimes feel overwhelmed. But we can call upon the name of the Lord, the strong tower. For those of us who are believers: what does running to the strong tower look like? Run to Christ, run to His WORD, and run to his people that we may lift one another up in prayer.
Spend time this week asking God to reveal your imaginary walls. Seek His help in dismantling them and running to the strong tower. Join us next time as we conclude our series and see that the last step in our journey with Frank is just the beginning.