Blessed is the people of whom this is true; blessed is the people whose God is Lord. Psalm 144:15
The majority of the world looks at things, bank accounts and positions for signs of one being blessed and successful. Getting the newest and best ‘toy’ on the market is exciting to most people. This ‘toy’ can be a new car, a pay raise/bonus, a new title, or some other object but it is something new that they always desired.
When these things are received, people feel blessed. These things can often appear to make life easier for the person and remove some struggles, or be a sign of overcoming some major struggle. It shows accomplishment.
David sees blessing as one thing–that God is the Lord of the person.
It is even very common among believers that receiving things and positions are often considered a great blessing. While it is true that they are or may be a blessing, they are not the greatest blessing a person can receive.
All the things and positions that a person has are only temporary. They last only a short time on this earth then are gone. Bank accounts can dwindle quickly, positions get eliminated, and things break down. None of these things are guaranteed to last and fulfill a person’s life purpose.
The greatest blessing that a person can have is having God as their Lord and Savior. It is the salvation and forgiveness of sins that Jesus provides. It is the peace, comfort and direction that God is providing through His Holy Spirit that will last and be a permanent blessing.
Everything else that a person has can be taken away, but God can never be taken away from him. One can give up his salvation and relationship with God, but no one or nothing can take it from him. It is a secure blessing for all eternity.
Take a moment to realize how temporary the things and positions you have are. They may be great for a moment, but the will disappear eventually.
When God is your Lord, He is the One who is in control and is the master. He will guide you in the best life you can ever possibly have and it will last for eternity and can never be taken away from you.
What can be better than this? This is a true blessing that will last for all eternity.
You are blessed when Jesus is your Lord!
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to rule your life; that you will see the blessing in having a relationship with God; and that you know the blessing of God’s daily presence in your life.
To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Deuteronomy 10:14
Ownership is something that most people take some pride in. A young couple take great pride when they begin to own their first home. Teen boys take pride in their first car that they can purchase. These things and many more things are what people are proud of, because they own it.
Along with physical objects, people believe that they own their own lives. They can do with their lives what they want, in any way that they desire. As a whole around the world, ownership of a person is not acceptable.
Once a person owns something, he feels as though it is his and no one else’s to touch without permission. With ownership, people feel that they can do with that object whatever they desire. It belongs to them and no one else.
While people may physical have possession of something, in reality, it does not belong to them. Moses wrote that everything in the heavens, and on this earth belongs to God. Since God has created everything, it does belong to Him and He can do with everything, just as He desires.
The world does not want to believe that God owns everything. And many believers do not always act as though God owns everything. They hold onto things, when God is trying to get them to let go.
Along with God’s ownership of things, He also owns the believer. The believer is no longer his own person, but God’s. This means God can do what He wants with the believer’s life any time He desires. The good news is that God is love and will not do anything that is not done in love, in the best interest of the believer.
As a believer, you must remember that God owns you and everything you have. You are not your own and nothing you have is really yours. Those things have been given on loan from God to be used for His glory.
Be willing to let God use you and what He has given you for His kingdom. Do not hold onto your physical things or your life, as to shrink back and not be used for God’s glory and kingdom.
Trust God with everything, since He owns it all anyways.
I pray today that you will allow God to own your life; that you will allow God to use you for His kingdom; that you will allow God to use your things for His glory; and that you will trust God with your life.
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.