Read 1 Chronicles 29:10-13
Therefore David blessed the Lordin the presence of all the assembly. And David said: "Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever.Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.
- Based upon the message of these verses, what should I view as my real home ... my true treasure?
- Do I live my everyday life as if I believe that all things come from God?
- Do I put my trust and confidence in God ... or in the ephemeral things in my life?
So often we get mired in the material possessions in our lives. We desire a larger salary, a bigger house, a fancier car, a more luxurious vacation. We strive for bigger, better, and more, focusing on material rather than spiritual prosperity. And we forget, of course, that all things--our house, our car, the money in our 401K--are made possible only by God. When we make an offering to our church or when we serve the poor, we pat ourselves on the back for "doing good," forgetting, of course, that everything we give, everything we consider ours, comes from Him. As David says, "Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand." (1 Chronicles 29: 14).
In 1 Corinthians 29:18, David prays that his people will continue to keep God front and center in their hearts and will worship the Lord with wholehearted devotion. In light of that prayer, ask yourself this today: Am I wholeheartedly devoted and loyal to God, or have I put something in my life ahead of Him? If you suspect that God does not take first place in your heart, ask Him for His guidance in shifting your priorities.
Lord, help me be wholeheartedly devoted and loyal to You alone. Amen.