Job 31:24 What Is Your Trust In?

Gold coins

If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’ Job 31:24

Money and wealth are major influencers in this world. Money is something that most people seek and want. It does not matter how much or how little someone wants, most people want more than what they have.

In the process of seeking out more money, they strive to get better paying jobs. People dream of the jobs that are six figures or larger. They seek out jobs that have great retirement plans and great investment plans. Everything is focused on getting more money, so that they can get and do more things.

If they don’t have the ‘more money’ than they worry about not having enough or not getting what they ‘need’. They trust in the money to provide for all their needs and wants.

Job says, in this verse, that if he put his trust in gold (money)… Then, in a few more verses Job continues to say that this would be a sin.

While money is helpful, it is not needed. God can provide in other ways if needed. Look at the Israelites traveling through the wilderness. God gave them food, and they did not have to have money to get it.

Believers often take on the view of the world, in that they ‘need’ to make more money. They begin to trust in their jobs and the paycheck, rather than in God and His word.

Jobs come and go. Money comes and goes. But God remains forever. He created the universe out of nothing by His word, He can provide the needs of a person just as easily.

Money is a tool that can be useful, but it is not a necessity, when looked at correctly. Jesus is the only one thing that is necessary in this life. Outside of Him, everything is just bonuses.

Make sure that your focus is upon God, not on self and money. Your job will not be there forever, in fact, you may not have a job tomorrow, but the Creator of the universe, God, will still be there with you. If God can sustain the universe by His word, He can sustain you.

Put your trust in God and not the temporary money of this world. Seek God and do what He tells you to do and trust His provision in the process. He will never fail, where money can and does fail.

I pray today that you will know God’s provision in your life; that you will trust God for everything; that you will obey God in every area of your life; and that you will see the blessings God has given you. 

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Leviticus 26:1 Who Is Your God?

Man on a cliff

Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 26:1

While there are large numbers of people around the world that believe in physical idols, there are also many people who do not believe in them. There still some very advanced nations in this world that believe in idols and will set offerings before them and pray to them, believing that the idols can do something for them.

As a whole, the majority of people in the European nations and America’s do not believe in idol worship, yet, the majority worship idols on a daily basis. Instead of worshipping a statue, many will worship a thing. Instead of bowing down and praying to the idol and calling it a god, they worship an idol in different ways.

More commonly people worship things by spending their time, money, and effort with it, to the expense of everyone and everything else. The list is infinite in what the item can be. Some common ones are: jobs, cars, homes, hobbies, careers, celebrities, and money.

It is seen many times where a person focuses so much on his career and advancement in that field, that he neglects his family, friends, church and God. Making the position or pleasing the boss is all that matters to him, at any cost.

Others may be focused on a hobby–watching or playing sports. They do it to the point of neglect of everything else. It is all that matters to them. It consumes them. The hobby has become their god.

Believers are no exception to worshipping idols. There are believers who are so consumed with ministry, that they neglect time with God, family and friends, things that are important. They can also get consumed with the position and do it out of greed and pride, rather than love and for God.

What a person worships, may also change with time, but it is still putting something before God–an idol.

Take a look at your life. Where do you spend your time, money, efforts, and focus?

What is most important to you in your life?

Think of your top three priorities in life. If the top three is not God, family, and being a witness, then you may have an idol in your life.

I pray today that you will know God as your only God; that you will serve God with all of your life; that God will help you remove all idols in your life; and that God will be your highest priority in this life.

1 Timothy 6:6 Contentment

Peaceful lake scene

 

But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6

Getting something that someone does not have is what most people want. People are always wanting something more. Billions of dollars are spent every year with people purchasing new things, from small little toys to cars and houses or more.

Billions of dollars are spent by companies advertising things that they have to sell. They tell people that they need those things. People purchase those things because they feel that they need them.

Problems occur, however, when people cannot afford to get those things. They are discontent because they want the item and feel they need it, but cannot get the item. Or they see their neighbor with that item and want it also.

Most people are not content with what they have. John D. Rockefeller once said that a little bit more is the answer to the question “how much money is enough?” At the time he said that, he was the richest person in the world. He was not content with what he has.

Ever since Adam and Eve, people have been discontent with what they have. They are always wanting a little bit more. Eve wanted a little more life than what she had in the garden, so she disobeyed God in trying to get more.

Paul says that one is to live a godly life and be content with what he has. Jesus had said to just pray for what one needs today and not worry about tomorrow. This is a sign of contentment.

God knows what each person needs. Not everyone needs a lot of money or many things or high dollar things. If a person has it, he may reject God in order to play with his new thing.

Every thing that a person has is to help him be closer to God, be more like Jesus or to show Jesus to someone else. He is to strive to be like Jesus and bring others to Jesus.

Take a look at what God has already blessed you with. You have enough. If God desires to give you more, He will, but do not fight for more. Having more may only bring about more problems in life. Trust God for what you need. Don’t trust the things of this world for what you need.

God can give you more peace than the things of this world. Seek Him first.

I pray that you will seek God first in your life; that you will trust God for all of your needs; that you will find contentment in knowing God; that you will not seek contentment in things of this world; and that your life will be like that of Jesus. 

Malachi 1:8 Offering Defiled Sacrifices

“When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the LORD Almighty. Malachi 1:8

God was asking the priests why they were showing contempt for Him and not giving Him honor. They asked how they were showing contempt. He told them that they were offering defiled animals for their sacrifices. They were doing something to God that they would not do to their governor.

Until the time of Jesus people had to offer animals for sacrifices to God for various reasons. Some were offered for sins done, others for thanksgiving, and others for blessings and honoring. Once Jesus came the offering of animal sacrifices was done away with. He became the one sacrifice salvation from sin for all men, for all time.

Although Jesus is the sacrifice for sins, there are other sacrifices that believers can offer God today. These can be sacrifices of worship and praise, time, money and talents. Any time a person gives God something it is a type of sacrifice. It is giving up something that the person has to God.

However, giving of these things can also be given in contempt and not honoring to God. There are people who go to church every Sunday morning and during the worship time, just barely say the words of the songs. They say the words of worship and praise, but not from the heart.

Or they give money in the offering plate, while wishing that they did not have to give it. They give out of obligation or to look good, not from a cheerful heart.

Some will give time to work in a ministry, but do not give it their best work. They are late for Sunday School class. They did not study for the lesson. They grumble about having to do it.

All of these things would not be done for a boss at work. Most people give better time and effort at work, then they do to God.

Take a look at your own life and see how you are treating God. Are you giving God your best? Or are you holding back some?

Do not give God the leftovers, but give Him the first and best. He will provide for you and redeem what you have given.

I pray today that you will love God with all your heart; that you will give your best to God; that you will know God’s provision for you; and that your sacrifices to God will be an honor to Him.

Zephaniah 1:18 The Day Of The Lord’s Wrath

Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the LORD’s wrath. In the fire of his jealousy the whole earth will be consumed, for he will make a sudden end of all who live on the earth. Zephaniah 1:18

Zephaniah opens his book talking about the great day of the Lord. It is the day that Jesus returns with vengeance upon all those on the earth who have chosen not to follow Him. God pours out His wrath upon those who have rejected Him. As this occurs, there is nothing that can save any person on the earth from His wrath.

People are always talking about great disasters that could occur upon the earth. Talk about global warming, a meteor striking the earth, flooding, great earthquakes, and other disasters. As they talk about this, most look at it as the fault of men. They also work on doing things that will keep them alive in such an event.

Large bank accounts have been built up and huge safety homes have been built to protect people from all harm. Yet, despite how much money a person has or how secure his home is, it will not protect him from God’s wrath in the end.

When God chooses to destroy the earth, because of sin, it means that everything on this earth will be destroyed. All life on this earth will be destroyed. All the money in the world will not buy salvation from His wrath. Only those who have trusted in Jesus can escape His punishment. Those who have put their trust in Jesus will be removed from this earth and escape the punishment.

Knowing this truth now, should cause you to want to know Jesus more and more, and to put your trust in Him alone. Do not trust in yourself or the things of this world. Follow Jesus to serve and honor Him so that you will be saved from God’s wrath.

Along with your own salvation, tell others about Jesus. Let them know what is coming and how they can be saved from it. Nothing in this world can save any person from God’s wrath except trust in Jesus.

Who or what are you trusting in to save you today?

Are you letting others know this also?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your savior; that you will not trust the things of this world to save you; that you will tell others about Jesus; and that you will be ready for the day of God’s return.

Proverbs 13:8 The Curse Of Great Wealth

A person’s riches may ransom their life, but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes. Proverbs 13:8

Gaining great wealth is the focus of many people. The desire to have more money in order to have more things and be able to do more is what many want. There are some who want it just to have a large bank account.

In order to get that extra wealth, there will be some who will get an extra job and study books or articles that tell how to get that money. They will go to great lengths in order to have all that they want.

Solomon says that having all that wealth can ransom a person’s life.

Having great wealth sounds great on the surface, but many do not see the problems that come with having that wealth. Once a person has great wealth, he has to protect and keep what he has. This can cause the wealth to become a curse for him.

The person who is driving a ten year old Chevy car will not attract the attention of a car thief like the one who is driving a brand new high-end Mercedes. The person with a huge bank account will not attract all the “friends” who would like some of that money in either begging for it, or by lawsuits. The person with a small two room, empty, run-down house will not attract the thieves as much as the one with a mansion with a large flat-screen tv in each room.

Those with little to no physical wealth do not have the worries and cares that those with great wealth do. Yet, they can have great wealth in a different form. The wealth of the poor can be in having a close family, no worries of theft, joy in life, and reliance on the presence of God.

There is nothing sinful about having great physical wealth, nor is there anything sinful about being physically poor. The important thing is that God is the center of your life. Seek Him and what He wants and desires.

Learn to be satisfied with what God has already blessed you with. Do not strive after greater wealth as the world does. You may get it, but then have the concerns and fears the wealthy have. God may give you great wealth, or He may not, but trust in God, not the wealth.

I pray today that God will bless your life; that you will see how God is already blessing you; that you will trust in God and not things; and that you will see how wealthy you are in God.