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Grace Moments Devotions - August 17, 2019

  • 2019 Aug 17

August 17
Livin’ small
Pastor Mark Jeske

What kind of life do you expect as a child of God? Do you feel you should be riding in a Porsche? Have granite countertops? Have a country club membership? Own a summer cottage? Vacation in Paris?

You may have been given some of these treats by your exceedingly generous Father, or you may never experience them. Or perhaps they still lie in your future. But even if your whole life will be Formica and Chevys, when you’re connected to Christ, life is good. It is no shame to live small. The life lessons you learn in your times of hardship and poverty teach you the true value of things, and may also teach you the true value of people.

Jesus and his disciples lived small. So did John the Baptist and Elijah. And so did David, years before he had his own palace: “David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam” (1 Samuel 22:1). David’s years in the wilderness of Judea in some ways were the best years of his life. He was totally dependent on the Lord’s protection. He had little and was running for his life. He was not distracted by luxuries or the burdens of paying for them, protecting them, and caring for them.

I will tell you from my own experience that my poorest days economically were also the times in my life when I read Scripture most avidly, prayed most intensely, and was most aware of my need for God.

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