Saturday, December 11, 2010

Advent Conspiracy Devotional: Saturday, December 11th

Scripture: Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Reflection: What does the love of money and God’s promise to never leave or forsake us have to do with each other? 
            The connection lies in who and what you will choose to trust in.  The love of money develops in many ways, but there are two that common.  First, from the desire to be in control and the (mistaken) believe that we are responsible for providing for and caring for ourselves and our loved ones all by ourselves.  When we believe that we have to do everything ourselves it is easy, even natural to become focused on the money we need to provide for our needs.
            The second is the very common, and dangerous emotion of jealousy.  When we look around at what others have and decide that we want that too, we start focusing on what we need to get what we want – money.  But when we trust in and rely on the promise of God to be with us and provide for us, we can turn from money and trust in God.  When, instead of focusing on what we don’t have, we stop and thank God for what we do have, money is no longer the most important thing.
Question:  What do you have to be content with?  

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