Unspeakable Joy Devotional

22-November

Father hold child hand

Time of Plenty. Psalm 16:8 “I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.”

Just as we’re tempted to think God has forgotten about us when hard times come, so we tend to forget God when times are easy. Think about the marriages you have seen slide into trouble just when the couples seemed to have everything going their way.

Jesus told a story about a rich farmer who had no need for God. The farmer had his life nicely laid out. One year he produced such a bumper crop that he couldn’t store it all. In a world of suffering and starvation, that was his biggest problem! And he said, “This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.” But God said unto him, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” Luke 12:18-20

Are you in a time of relative plenty in your life together? If so, be careful about slipping into arrogance and self-contentedness. The next thing you know you’ll be behaving like the fool in Jesus’ story-as if you don’t need God. An old-time preacher once wrote, “Blessedness is the greatest of perils because it tends to dull our keen sense of dependence on God and make us prone to presumption.”

Take a moment and thank and praise God for all the good you enjoy. And remember to fully depend on Him each day, even when everything is going wonderfully.

Lord, You have poured out Your goodness on our lives, and we are truly grateful. Forgive us when we let satisfaction dull our devotion to You. Amen. (J Dobson)

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