Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Deliberate People daily reading - January 8th 2013

I wanted to share from my daily reading with Deliberate People.  Today's reading had to do with financial situations.  I know a lot of people who worry about the economy and about money. I have to say I'm thankful that my parents taught me that God supplies all my needs when I'm living in His will.  I believe that this reminder was helpful to me to focus that God is who I need to trust...not the economy, or government, or the fiscal cliff, etc.  I am to trust God and God only. 

I hope you get encouraged by this as well. 

January 8th deliberatePeople. post by Phil and Heather Joel + today's dP reading schedule:  

Genesis 18:20-19:38 / Matthew 6:25-7:14 / Psalm 8:1-9 / Proverbs 2:6-15

Standout verse:
Matthew 6:31
“Therefore, do not worry saying, “what shall we eat or what shall we drink or what shall we wear?”  For after all these things the Gentiles seek.  For your heavenly Father knows you need all these things.  But seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you.”
Wow, challenging verse.  Challenging in the fact that it calls us to directly look at our priorities.  The world we live in tells us that our 401K’s, stocks, retirement and fat savings accounts will give us peace and security, and, if we don’t have these things in place, we’ll be in deep trouble. 
Financial status causes a great deal of anxiety and is such a focus in the day and age we live in.  It can literally be crippling.  Those less well off are continually struggling to keep their heads above water, and those who are wealthy are consumed with keeping their bank accounts fat.  Either way, money and finances seem to be a great source of stress and can be the pivotal place from which we live determining our peace, joy and level of contentment.
God calls us to live differently.  He says that if we seek Him first (i.e. make our relationship with Him our top priority) He will take care of everything else – including our finances. 
So often we want the blessings the Lord offers us so freely, but we don’t want to bother with the relationship end of things.  We want the “good stuff” without the obligation to walk with Him.
God wants our hearts wholly.  He desires to provide richly for us in every area of our lives – financially, the day-to-day issues of life, relationships, places that need healing, etc…
If our focus is our finances, we’re in trouble.  We’ll be tossed about like the wind just as the economy has been over the last many years.
No one is arguing that money isn’t important – who doesn’t like to eat?  It’s just that God asks us to focus on Him first.  When He is our top priority, we open ourselves to the all the blessings He has to give us…His provision goes way beyond the limits of money!

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