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Rich in Relationship to God

Today’s Reading: Luke 12:15-31

Luke 12:15 — And He said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

God promises joy and contentment. Life has many cares and worries, many of which we can do nothing about ourselves. It is good to know and trust that God has the whole world in His hands and that He is working all things together for His good will.

People want security, but this world is insecure. There is no guarantee that everything that you have built your life upon will be there tomorrow. Job lost his wealth, his health, his family, and his reputation almost overnight.

The rich farmer in Luke 12 wanted to preserve his life and not have to rely on God for his well-being. Man is the only creature (besides the fallen angels) that tries to live apart from God and His providence. Perhaps it is pride that goads man to reject God’s gracious provision.

The lilies of the field and the birds of the air live contentedly with what God bounteously provides. There is joy in the simple pleasures of life that money cannot buy. Joy comes from being rich in relationship to God.

When we are young, we think that having lots of things, lots of experiences, lots of friends will make us happy. But as we grow older, we realize (sometimes too late to appreciate it) that it is not the gifts that give us joy and contentment, but the Giver Himself. 

Lord, we want You today. More and more of You.

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