‘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.
The same insecurity motivated the builders of the Tower of Babel: ‘…let us build…a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth‘ (Genesis 11:4 NKJV). Can’t you hear the fear in those words? Just like us stockpiling pensions, possessions and property, they accumulated and stacked until their tower of belongings grew so tall it reached ‘heaven’. Then they said, ‘We are safe!’ But God said, ‘No, you aren’t!’ 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.
Soul Food: 1 John 3:11 – 5:21, Mark 2:23 – 3:6, Ps 78:56-64, Pro 20:7-10
Written by Bob & Debby Gass
Monday, 3 August 2015