Be content with God's grace
Read Luke 12:13-21. We can glean a lot of spiritual insights on this parable. But I reckon the main thrust of Jesus’ teaching are on these words “watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Undoubtedly, Jesus was giving a warning against the danger of greed. Greed is idolatry. It is worshiping the creatures rather than the Creator. Jesus went straightway to the root of the problem when the ‘rich fool’ asked Him a question. He warned the ‘rich fool’ and the crowd of the danger of greed. Greedy people do not inherit the kingdom of God unless they repent. Greedy people are never happy and contented.
Few years ago a survey was made to find out the meaning and cause of happiness. A lot of definitions and explanations were collected, but none of them mentioned wealth. Wealth does not produce happiness or perhaps just temporary happiness, rather it is often the cause of ruin and destruction. Some people are never satisfied. Most of our crisis in life is our ‘failure to be satisfied with enough.’
Proverbs 30:8 says “give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs”. My wife read these words in our devotion this morning from The Word for Today. It quoted,
"Debt is wrong:
1)When it’s beyond your ability to repay it on a timely basis. 2) When it prevents you from giving God what’s rightfully His. 3) When the burden of debt is so heavy that you can’t save for the future. 4) When it’s used to pay for the luxuries of life. 5) When you put others at risk by having them guarantee a loan. 6) When it puts your marriage under financial pressure."
Financial expert Larry Burkett said credit is the ultimate motivating factor for perhaps 80% of all divorces. That is not to say being rich guarantees you’ll never have family problems. It’s simply saying that putting money first and your family second can make you nothing more than a wealthy loser. So before you borrow, pray and ask God for wisdom.”
Excellent words of wisdom. Let us be content with God’s grace. Satisfied in His free gift of salvation. Enjoying his grace in our daily walk with Him. His grace is sufficient to meet all our needs. Do you really believe that? I hope so. All by grace and by grace alone, beloved people.
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