“And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for (about) 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
My brother in law once offered to take me to lunch at Chick-Fil-A on Sunday after church, and I am still waiting for the chicken chain to open up on Sunday, so that the promise may be fulfilled. It always seems the places you want to go to are closed on the days you want to go and visit them. I definitely have craved a chicken sandwich and waffle fries on a Sunday. I know there are some establishments that have made the decision to remain closed on Sunday in honor of the Lord’s day. I also know of a restaurant that was closed 51 Sundays out of the year, but they opened up for Super Bowl Sunday as they confessed the money was too good to pass up. It is hard to have principles that mean anything if you compromise for one week out of the year. Convictions and principles should not be altered or motivated by money, but they should be motivated by what we base our convictions on in the first place.
Compromise is never good when it comes to your convictions if those convictions are based on principles God has led you to believe and observe. I respect those who refuse to open on Sundays even though it would be another day to make a profit and build upon an ready fan base. I respect the stand they take to give up the potential money to honor God in this way. We sometimes are tempted to compromise our beliefs due to monetary allure or the fear of man. Proverbs 29:25 states, “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” Whenever we get our eyes off of God due to fear, peer pressure, or because we want to make more money, we get ourselves in trouble and we compromise that which should not be surrendered.
We do not have to look far to see how crazy our world has become, and how times are changing even though God never does. You have a large religious base who have compromised on what marriage is according to the Word of God and even those in Christian circles who have caved in to what others say and think instead of adhering to what God says. We cannot trust in the government to protect religious liberties and rights, and we cannot compromise, even though it will come at a cost. We may lose friends and the applause of those we respect, but we need to be focused on pleasing our God and trusting in Him to take care of us. Now is the not the time to vanish into the bushes, but it is time for us to take a stand and be honest with what the word of God says on topics, especially the controversial ones. We are not to be foolish in this endeavor, but we are not to compromise either.
Amaziah had given money to the armies of Israel for protection. He was later told by the man of God not to use those armies as he was not trusting in God for the victory, but he was instead trusting in the armies of Israel. Amaziah obeyed God, but then wanted his money back. The man of God had to remind him that God was able to give him much more than the money he had given. God was not limited to that money as He is the owner of all things. He requires obedience from His children, and without faith we cannot please Him. People that put their trust in God learn that He is able to meet their needs, even when their choice to stand by their convictions keep them closed on Sundays. God is able to deliver them out of the fiery furnace when they do not succumb to worshipping a king that is in direct defiance to God. God does not always deliver us from trials, but He is always in the midst of the fire with us. He is able to give us much more than we think we are losing as Jim Eliott said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
Will you compromise on your beliefs and convictions due to the pressure of the world around you? Will you stand strong even though cancel culture may attack you? Will you stay “closed on Sundays” even though there may be financial pressure to do otherwise? May we never forget that God is able to give us much more than we think we are losing, and there is nothing He cannot do if He chooses to do so. We are not “missing out” on what we think we are, and God is everything and all we need. May we take a stand when appropriate to do, and may we never forget The Lord is able to give us much more than this.