Friday, August 18, 2017

God Alone Is All I Need

Poem By Mary!
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  1Timothy 6:9
Why do we go shopping and buy things we feel will bring us contentment?  This satisfaction only lasts a little while.  We are left with a lot of stuff, but feeling empty and often in debt.  The Word doesn't say money is evil, but it does say the love of money is the root of all evil (1Timothy 6:10).  When we keep wanting more and more stuff we fall into covetousness.  We've heard that covetousness is just wanting what belongs to your neighbor.  Wanting everything the mall has can also be covetousness.

Covetousness is a heart issue; it's a matter of the heart.  Jesus warned us to beware of covetousness (Luke 12:15).  That's because it sneaks up on us.  Most of us don't realize we have it.  He also warned that we can't serve both God and money, or Mammon (Matthew 6:24).  Mammon was a god of wealth.  Jesus was saying you can't make your money, or stuff a god, but still worship and serve the true God.

Making money your god is picking the loosing team.  The Word says riches will fly away from you (Proverbs 23:5).  This doesn't mean you should give up on being financially stable.  God wants to bless you.  But material wealth will eventually be gone.  Even if you live your entire life in wealth, when you die, you and your wealth will be separated.  If the Lord is your God, even death cannot separate you!

Things that people have produced can only make us happy temporarily.  What God created can bring much joy and contentment.  Looking at the beauty of nature, mountains, sunsets, oceans, the sky, can fill us with contentment and remind us of the One who made all these things.  We have to make up out mind to serve God and God alone, before we gain such appreciation for his creation.

I encourage you to try this.  Spend some time in nature, and in God's presence.  This may be an acquired taste.  Just like when we first try to eat healthy, and apple is not really a great substitute for a candy bar.  Eventually, after being away from processed sugar, that apple begins to take on a whole new sweetness to us.  When we make the decision to enjoy God's creation, eventually we get a sweet tooth for his artwork.

When we get to the place that we can enjoy all that God has made, we start to enjoy the presence of God, himself.  I'm not talking about worshiping nature, but the God of nature.  Only God can satisfy, and he can satisfy to the uttermost!

Father, thank you for everything you created for your children to enjoy.  Most of all thank you for your Son Jesus!  Help me to get my eyes off of material things, and back on you and enjoying what you made for me.  Amen.

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