Unspeakable Joy Devotional



What are we really living for? Abram made a choice that valued godliness over greed. Abram opted for the unseen promises of God. Lot lifted his eyes and chose land which looked best to him. He took off for the good life leaving Abram in the dust, in dusty Canaan, where there had just been a severe famine. In Genesis 13:14 “The Lord said to Abram after Lot parted from him, “Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west.” God tells him to lift up his eyes and look in every direction. Perhaps Abram was looking around and his eyes fell down to the dusty soil in which he was standing. So the Lord says in Genesis 13:15-16 “All the land you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.”

Abram chose by faith, not by sight, and ended up spiritually and financially blessed. Abram lived for God and came up full. How do we know if we are under the influence of greed? First, if we find ourselves thinking more about the things of the world and how to get them than about God; or if the thought of having them brings us more pleasure than our thoughts about God. Second, the manner in which we enjoy the things of this world. If we start thinking, “If I just had such and such, I would be happy” and we shift our trust from God to material things. And thirdly, if we mourn the loss of the things of this world. If our joy rides on our possessions or if we are filled with anxiety and grief if we lose them.

At some point in our lives, we experience loss of material possessions whether by flood or fire or by some other means. We didn’t know whether or not we would ever see again what we left behind. It may be a good experience to go through to help ourselves clarify the question “What are we really living for?”.

The Lord Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33. Most of us want to seek other things first and add the kingdom of God later in our spare time. Make choices based on God’s principles: Relationships over rights; godliness over greed; fellowship with God over the world’s approval; and, faith in God’s promises over immediate pleasure from the world. Because if you have God and His promises, you have everything. So seek Him first, and all else is yours.

Seek God’s will in all that you do and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:6

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