Verse for Today: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Proverbs 30:8 – “Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread”.
There is so much falsehood in every sincere person. They say sublime things which they are unable to practice in life. They sing meaningful songs about their aspirations, but live contrary to it. They talk about faith, but live by sight. They claim to depend on the daily bread, but have their pockets full to overflowing and still craving for more. But we often do not realize the great price that we pay in order to live such double life. The wisdom of God which came to Solomon at the latter years of his life portrays the struggles of all of us between our desires and our words. Jesus has taught us to ask God for our daily bread. But our deceitful hearts desire more and more. The more we have the grater we crave for possessions, positions, prominence, prestige and privileges which never satisfy. They are a driving force to get more and more which is the way of the world. Man is stressed out all day long with pegged up expectations and desires which ends up in securing a lot more than he needs but finding no time to enjoy it. The more wealth he has the less time he finds for God. The less he has, the greater is his passion to make more as he keeps cursing his fate of deprivation. Both these situations push man into frustrations. Solomon was once the wealthiest man on earth, but his cravings made him dissatisfied with what God gave him and became engulfed in the lusts of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life. He became a miserable man whose heart was taken away from God. But later he learned that all his achievements were vanity. He changed his prayer to ask that his daily needs might be met so as to neither go away from God nor curse God through abundance or depravity. Today we are challenged in life to depend on God to meet our daily needs.
Dear friend, are you in abundance and still craving for more and in the process do not have time for God? Are you in depravity and frustrated that God has not given you plenty of riches when others have lot more? Are you wasting your energy to make more and more and thus deprive yourself of time to enjoy the little that God has given you? Are you thus a frustrated person at the top or bottom of the ladder of prosperity? If so, you must be enduring life rather than enjoying what God has given you. He is pleased to meet your daily needs and has asked you to pray for daily bread. He wants to teach you how to enjoy the little that you have and use it to live for His glory. You are entrusted with great riches of talents, time and training which you can use for God. The challenge of this world is for you to make more and more and reach a stage of never being satisfied with what you have. This is the deception of earthly life. But God doesn’t want you to fall into it to destroy yourself. If your earthly expectations are too high, you will always run around for its achievements rather than look for real satisfaction in the daily bread from God. Let us today get out of the traps of materialism, possessions and positions and be satisfied with the daily bread and use its strength for God. Let us not desire riches, but be satisfied with the daily bread that God gives us.
Psalms 37:16 – Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked.
Thought for Today
Satisfaction with daily bread is the greatest richness that we enjoy in life.
Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Teach me true contentment in life today with all that You have given me and help me to use it for Your glory. Amen!
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