Daily Devotional: Psalms 37:25-31
25 I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. 26 They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed. 27 Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever. 28 For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off; 29 the righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever. 30 The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just. 31 The law of his God is in his heart; his feet do not slip.
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please the flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
At least from the time of Abraham, there have been some people who were very wealthy and some who were extremely poor and then many in between. While some countries seem to be more to one extreme than the other, the same tends to be true today, with both rich and poor all around us. Of course, rich and poor are both relative but Job was said to be the wealthiest man in the east.
Why is this true? If you ask the person who has a lot, many of them would say it is because they have special abilities to make money or that they have worked hard, more so than others. Some would say it is because of the special idea they came up with and produced or because of their greater than average intelligence. A few would acknowledge that it is because God has blessed them with wealth.
What really matters is not what we have or how much but what are we doing with what God has given us. Do we lay up treasures in heaven, that cannot be eroded, rust or fail or do we build our fortune here on earth where it will be lost, stolen, or eventually destroyed? God gives us things to enjoy but not to hoard, to be selfish or to make us proud. We must honor God with all we have.
O Lord God, my Father in heaven, I am so thankful for all you have given me. You have blessed me in so many ways and I want to use all I have and all I am to your glory and to help others live for you and serve you. Help me be a special help to young people who are charting their course in life. Use me to encourage those who are elderly and not able to get out as often as they once did. Be with your people in China and the former Soviet Union. I pray in Jesus name.