October 28

Psalms 118:6-8 (NIV) 6The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? 7The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies. 8It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.

We have come to the center of the Bible. Here is the core of it all. The LORD is with those who call on Him in truth. If the Creator of heaven and earth is with you, what have you to fear? Throughout Scripture, God's promise to those who sought Him was, "I will be with you." As long as the LORD is with us, we can be certain that things will turn out in the end. Emmanuel, God with us. It is an incredible thing that God would dwell with man, but He always has and He always will, for He has set His love on us.

The world will always look to man, man's wisdom, man's counsel, and man's strength. That often sets believers at odds with the world. But why fear or be concerned? What is the worst man can do to you? As the Apostle Paul said, (forgive my loose paraphrase) "If you kill me, I get to go home to be with Jesus. If you beat me, I just keep laying up treasures in heaven. Take your pick, either way the LORD is with me and I get blessed."

The enemies of the LORD will be defeated, but even now, I am more than a conqueror. I'm a mega-conqueror, because the LORD is with me! Because He is with me I have the victory in life and in death. You can trust in men if you want, but that is a sucker bet. You will lose in the end, guaranteed. Or you can trust in the LORD. That is a guaranteed win. What is your situation in life today? Where are you placing your trust? I hope it is not in man and man's best, even if that man is you. The old expression, "You can only trust yourself", is pretty pathetic.

Remember: Trust in God! Let Him be your helper. Let go of fear, and watch the God of all creation show you His way.

October 28

1 Timothy 6:8-10 (NIV) 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

What a difficult truth for us to hear. Our modern world constantly bombards us with advertising of all the wonderful possessions we could have if we only made more money. How many gamble away their money as they pray for the jackpot that they swear would not change them? The history of lottery winners is a sad testimony to the truth of these verses. And how many believe they are called to be rich so that they can minister to the rich? If we have food and clothing, we will be content. Paul did not think it necessary, and he witnessed to business owners and kings.

He warns us that the desire to get rich will cause us to fall into temptations and a trap and harmful desires that will destroy us. If you believe this to be divinely inspired, why would you want to go that direction? The desire for the world still has a hold on what you see as valuable. "But I would use it for God's kingdom!" Yes, a very few are called down that difficult path. There is a difference between using your gifts of financial ability and desiring to be rich. You must examine your heart with all sincerity to know the difference. It may be easier to examine what you do with the wealth to know the answer. If the most of it goes into building bigger barns, you may be fooling yourself.

Money is not the root of all kinds of evil, the love of it is. It is a painful path filled with lessons on the vanity of things without God's blessing. It is self-inflicted pain. Hear the lonely cry of the wealthy. They have tried to fill their emptiness with vanity and found it all unfulfilling. Pray for them to find the real treasure, Christ Jesus. Pray that you withstand the alluring temptation of wealth and see it for what it really is. Pray for God's people who are wealthy to keep their hearts on true wealth.

Consider: If you were granted one request, would you ask for true wealth, or the temporal wealth of this world?