Seek God – Not Things! UCB Word for today 19 01 2014
‘…The Lord…gives you the ability to produce wealth…’ Deuteronomy 8:18
God holds back ‘…no good from those who do what is right’ (Psalms 84:11 NLT). But it’s important to acknowledge Him as the source of all your blessings. And on this one, we all fall short! Let’s face it, more isn’t always better. In fact, your dependence on God lessens as your dependence on things increases. That’s why Levitical Law discouraged empire-building. In the Old Testament, loans to the poor were to be interest-free (Exodus 22:25); outstanding debts cancelled every seven years (Deuteronomy 15:1-2); slaves freed and given the means to start over (Deuteronomy 15:12-14); repossessed land redeemed by family (Leviticus 25:25); and property that was sold, or lost and not redeemed, returned to its original owner (Leviticus 25:14- 17). Why? Because God wanted His people to depend on Him, not possessions. So He cautioned them, ‘When…all you have is multiplied…You may say…”My power and…strength…have produced this”…remember the Lord…gives you the ability to produce wealth…’ (Deuteronomy 8:13-18 NIV). God’s principles haven’t changed. Andy Stanley points out that a list of do’s and don’ts is like having a man give you directions. If he hands you a map, you focus on it, but when you’re following the man you focus on him. The Bible doesn’t say that God is a rewarder of those diligently seeking ‘things’. No-it says, ‘…He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him’ (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV). Bottom line: if you’re depending on anything but God, you’ll always struggle. ‘Don’t worry about these things…your heavenly Father already knows…and…will give you everything you need’ (Matthew 6:31-33 NLT).
What a wonderful thought on some wonderful passages. Its not things that are wrong its putting them before God and others. My experience has been that if you put God first over things come to you. Bern and I have been blessed in many ways over the last year and we always manage to have enough to give away which comes first. When you put God first and bless others then you are blessed. But not if you do it for reward. God blesses those who give with an open heart and hand, and expect nothing for it.
Depend on God and only God for all things. It does work