Today’s One Year Bible reading in Ps. 115:4-8 reminds us that we become like our god. How sad it is to rely on a god that cannot speak, see, hear, smell, touch, walk—or care for us in any way. How much better to trust in the One True God who is loving and faithful, and who delivers, protects, and blesses those who trust in Him. He is the One who is worthy of our praise!

We may not bow down to, worship, or pray to an idol of wood or stone, trusting it to protect us and meet our needs. But are we trusting in something or someone other than God? Are we relying on our own resources—our bank account; our network of family, friends and colleagues; or our own knowledge and skills—to secure our lives and future? If God removed all those, what would we trust in?

Remembering God’s promise that “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you,” how much better to join with the writer of Hebrews in saying, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Heb. 13:5, 6)

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I am aware that some who have noted the title of today’s blog believe this to be another reference to my rural farm upbringing.  But it is far from that.  The writer of Proverbs 27:23-24 states that one should give attention to his/her herds & flocks because ‘riches are not forever.’  We are to steward that which has been entrusted to us.  Followers of Jesus are to invest their riches in Kingdom-expanding endeavors so that these riches are useful and provide them reward in the next life.  

In 1 Cor. 4:7, Paul writes, “What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?”. Everything we possess in this life we have received from the gracious hand of our God. And He intends to use these things for His glory.  He wants to use your home, your autos, your income, your animals, your land, etc., to draw others to Himself.  Are you allowing Him that freedom?  Are you even sensitive to this desire of His?!

God will reward His people who invest in things that matter and who serve Him with the ‘stuff’ He’s given them...’stuff’ that will not last forever.  It’s been said that ‘you can’t take it with you’...and that is true.  But you can send it on ahead!  

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