“The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love (Psalm 145:8).”
Occasionaly, while living in Finlsand and trying to learn the langue, I read the comic books of the most popular cartoon character there. The name of this character is Aku Ankka. Kids all over the country subscribe to stories of his adventures. Anku Ankka in America is well known as Donald Duck.
Included in Donald’s adventures is his fabulously rich uncle, Scrooge McDuck. He is aptly named as he is quite tight with his money. He’s enamored with it, too. Says Scrooge McDuck, “No man is poor who can do what he likes to do once in a while! And I like to dive around in my money like a porpoise! And burrow through it like a gopher! And toss it up and let it hit me on the head!” If you read the Donald Duck strip, you have seen him with his mass of coins in his vault.
While playing his namesake Ebenezer Scrooge in an animated version of Dickens’ “Christmas Carol”, Scrooge McDuck is rebuked by the Ghost of Christmas Past. “Listen, Scrooge, if men were measured by kindness, you’d be no bigger than a speck of dust,”says the ghost.
In these tough economic times many of us wish we had a rich uncle. But we wouldn’t like a miserly one like Scrooge McDuck. We’d like one whom we could go to in a pinch for some relief from our money woes.
We may not have a rich uncle. But we do have a rich God. We can go to Him anytime and expect a compassionate response, no matter who we are. He is faithful to His promises and loving toward all His creation. When we fall, He picks us up. He feeds us, protects us and listens to us when we cry to Him (Psalm 145:9-20). God has our backs.
I am sure glad I don’t have a God who is an ill-tempered, stingy curmudgeon like Scrooge McDuck. While I am sure McDuck would bite my head off if I went to Him for help, I am positive God will receive me with love. It’s nice to know He is rich in it and is willing to share.