This is a shot from the movie, Marie Antoinette, in which Kirsten Dunst plays the infamous Queen of France…if y’all haven’t seen the movie or just in case you missed your history teacher talking about King Louis and the French Revolution, let’s get the rundown of events. In the late 1700s, a young Marie Antoinette of Austria married the young Louis of France…and, as the elder power players in France passed on, Louis and Marie became the royal couple — King and Queen of France. To make a long story short, these two were not ready for the throne. They were young (Louie was only 20), immature, and had no idea how to care for the people in France. The country was already in financial trouble and Louis wasn’t capable of restoring the balance of things. He allowed the palace-people to live in prosperity, while the regular people were sliding into desperation. The economy was awful — the price of bread shot up so high that no one could afford it. And that is where the famous line “then let them eat cake!” comes from. Though, to be fair, the young queen never actually said that. It’s just how the people interpreted her feelings towards them. And can you blame them? If your family is hungry and the people in charge of you go on with their fancy parties and feasts…it’s gonna’ cause some major resentment.
And in this particular case, the French Revolution broke out and things didn’t turn out so well for the royal couple…once the people took the power, Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI were executed.
Which goes to show that a king who cares only for himself and doesn’t provide for his people creates a scary, dangerous situation for everyone involved.
I am so glad that our King is nothing like poor Louis!
Your God owns it all…He created it and it remains His. But He doesn’t store it all up for Himself…He wants to pour out blessing on His people. So does that mean that a relationship with Him guarantees that you’ll one day be really, super, fantastically rich? Um, no. It does not. It doesn’t even mean that you’re guaranteed to be a little rich.
I know what you’re thinking — okay. So what does this mean for me?
It means that if you’re in a faithful relationship with God (being obedient to His Word, giving 10% of your paycheck to Him in a tithe, asking for His will to be done in your life), He will give you everything that you need. Whatever you need physically, emotionally, and spiritually — God is your provider. His Word promises us that He takes care of His children. Phillipians 4:19 says that “my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” In Luke 12:22, Jesus says “Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what you shall eat; neither for the body, what you shall put on.” He goes on to talk about how his Father takes care of the birds and the lilies of the field, and how much more He will take care of us!
Jesus doesn’t want us to worry about all of these things…if we “seek the kingdom of God, all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:31) Our God is not a King who watches indifferently while we struggle through a hard time — He is there for us, wanting us to trust in Him for what we need. Sometimes it might feel that it’s taking forever for our answer to come along, but if there’s one thing I’ve seen time and time again in my life: God is never, ever late. He gives us whatever we need exactly at the right time. He shows up for our present and is already preparing our future.
And then we can pass on our blessings to other people. 2 corinthians 9:8 tells us that “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” God is generous with His love and blessings…and He wants us to follow His example.
(From Psalm 37) Delight yourself in the Lord; and he shall give you the desires of your heart…The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; and he delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholds him with his hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.