It All Belongs to God (2)
Paul writes: ‘Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, Who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share’ (1 Timothy 6:17-18 NKJV).
Are you ‘rich in this present age’?
Almost half the world—more than three billion people—lives on less than Php100/day. So if your income is more than that, you’re rich by comparison. But prosperity comes with a warning: don’t be arrogant. ‘Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall’ (Proverbs 16:18 NIV).
The Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle wrote, ‘Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man. But for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.’ God wants you to enjoy things without becoming obsessed with them.
Accumulating possessions has a way of eclipsing God, no matter how meager they may be. There’s a predictable progression from poverty to pride. The poor man prays and works; God hears and blesses. The humble man becomes rich and forgets God. The faithful poor man becomes the proud rich man. As God said through Hosea, ‘When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.’
How can you avoid this trap?
Remember that everything you own comes from God, and He’s the source of everything you’ll need in the future. So live with a grateful heart, and in total dependence on God.
‘When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.’ Hosea 13:6 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Luke 11:1, 5-6, 8-10; 12:30-34
Lord, teach us to pray. Jesus said to them, “which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight & say to him, ‘friend lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, &
I have nothing to set before him.’ I tell you, though he will not get up & give him anything, yet because of his persistence he will rise & give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, & it will be given to you; seek, & you will find; knock, & it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, & the one who seeks finds, & to the one who knocks it will be opened. Your father knows that you need all these things. Instead, seek his kingdom, & these things will be added to you. For it is your father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom! Sell your possessions, & give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also!
God longs to answer your prayers! Be asking, seeking & knocking today!