03, August 2015

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It All Belongs to God (1)

‘These all wait for You, that You may give them their food in due season.’ Psalm 104:27 NKJV


We fear losing our job, our health insurance and our retirement benefits, so we amass possessions, thinking the more we have, the safer we are. Jesus told a parable of one such person: ‘…“The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.’ (Luke 12:16-18 ESV) Can’t you hear the presumption in those words? Just like us stockpiling pensions, possessions and property, he accumulated and stacked until his barns of belongings were overflowing. Then he said, “…Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” (Luke 12:19 ESV) The Bible says, ‘Command those who are rich…not to…trust in uncertain riches but in the living God…’ (1 Timothy 6:17 NKJV) Riches don’t bring security. The more you have, the more you have to lose! It’s ironic; the more you accumulate the more protective you become, and the greater your concern that it could all be swept away by events you can’t control. That’s not how God intended you to live. He wants you to save and He wants you to sow. And when you’ve done all that wisdom demands, to trust in nothing but Him. The Psalmist said, ‘…Living things…small and great…all wait for You, that You may give them their food in due season.’ (Psalm 104:25–27 NKJV) And He does. God’s the great giver, absolutely generous and utterly dependable. The resounding message of Scripture is clear: God owns it all. God shares it all. So place your trust in Him—not in belongings.

SoulFood: 1 Jn 3:11-5:21, Mark 2:23-3:6, Ps 78:56-64, Prov 20:7-10

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2015

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