Tuesday, June 25, 2019
“The Challenge Of Being Financially Content”
By Zach Wood
Hebrews 13:5 NIV
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.”
How many of you are satisfied with what you make in your job? Do you have a job that you really enjoy? If you had the choice between having a job you really enjoy or having a job that pays a lot of money, which would you pick? Don’t answer right away. Think on that for a little while. Let the question sink in.
There are many people who have jobs and they make a lot of money, but they are miserable. There are also people who have a job they really enjoy and are satisfied because they are content with how much they make. Which one are you? Maybe you have a job you enjoy and you make good money. Kudos to you! However, we need to remember that with more money in a job comes more responsibility. Perhaps you make a lot because you’ve been there a long time and you’ve raises with years of experience.
Whatever the case, I think we would all like to have a job that we enjoy, plus make good money. I don’t know which situation you find yourself in, but I want to ask you a challenging question, “When will it be enough?” Will you be content with what God has given you with a current job? Now, this doesn’t mean you’re wrong for going to a job that offers you more money. There are always many things to consider when choosing a job.
I want to challenge all of us to consider these words in Hebrews. We are told to keep our lives free from the love of money. God has promised to always provide for us and never leave us in need. Somehow, He always provides for us. We need to change our perspective many times and be thankful for what He has given us instead of so often wanting more.
In the past few years, I have had some work experiences that have taught me to be content with what I make and the relationships I have at my work place. I hear a lot of people complain about what they make and I always think to myself, “When will it ever be enough?” The truth is that if we aren’t content with what God gives us now, then no matter how much wage we chase after, it will never be enough. That’s a tough truth, but I firmly believe it from what I have learned from my own experiences. I would much rather have a job that I truly enjoy and people I like working with over having a higher paying job.
God tells us to keep our lives free from the love of money. Are we doing that? Are we focused on money more or are we content with what God has promised to provide? It’s a challenging and tough question we all must answer.
Are we financially content with what He has provided?
Saturday, June 15, 2019
“His Faithful Love Endures Forever!”
By Zach Wood
Psalm 107:1 NLT
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.
This past week was a crazy busy week and I did not get a chance to send out a devotional like I usually do. While last week and this week was filled with many good things that went on, it was exhausting and I found myself tired every day just longing to get some rest. I know that all of us experience days and weeks like this in our lives often.
While the weekend and week was very busy, I read this passage the other day and it filled me with refreshment to know that God is always with me and will sustain me. Sometimes just the simple promises of God are a great reminder of His faithfulness in the midst of our crazy lives.
We have so many things to be thankful for with God in our lives. No matter what chaos enters our lives in any given day, week or month, we always have reasons for being thankful to God. Sometimes, in my life, I can easily find reasons to complain and find dissatisfaction with life, but then God reminds me that He has given me so much and I have every reason to be thankful instead of feeling dissatisfied.
The NLT states this passage in different way by saying, “His faithful love endures forever.” Not just His love, but His faithful love!!!! He is completely faithful, in our good day and our bad days. We have so much to give thanks to God for what He has and continues to do in our lives!
We definitely need to remember this passage on the days when we feel in despair. We need this when we feel hopeless. We need this when we feel like things are out of control. We need this when we feel like everything around us is falling apart. It’s important to remember this passage, and so many others, when we have bad days, weeks or months.
It’s also important to be reminded of this when we are having good days as well. Just to be reminded of the absolute great and loving faithfulness of God! It is bigger than any feeling we can have. He is so faithful and His love will endure forever! When you are having a crazy day, week or month and you’re struggling just to catch your breath and rest, remember that He is always with you and wants to give you rest and refreshment from your crazy life.
Give thanks to Him because His FAITHFUL LOVE endures forever!
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
“The Call Of Humility”
By Zach Wood
Philippians 2:3-4 NIV
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Humility is the word that has been coming to my mind the past few weeks. Whether it is a preaching opportunity that I’m preparing for, a devotional article that I’m working on or reading a story dealing with humility, God has been reminding me the importance of staying humble. I am thankful for the opportunities God has given me in various ways to minister for Him and He continually reminds me, in different ways, to stay humble.
Even though He reminds me often, it is still challenging to stay humble. It is so easy to become full of pride and think a lot of myself at times. It is often tempting to become conceited and think boastfully, but God reminds me who I am and what He has done for me. I’ve constantly been reminded, through various devotionals, of the importance to remain humble. I am so thankful He is reminding me how important it is practice humility.
I hope that we can all be reminded daily of how humble we should be. Jesus became a servant and He taught the Disciple’s true humility by washing their feet. He wants to teach us the same. We need to think of others and how we can better serve others and not think about what we want so much of the time.
We are all very guilty of being prideful and conceited. Some lessons of humility are easier than others. Sometimes we have to swallow a very large pill of humility or, as I’ve heard the saying, “eating a piece of humble pie”. God will definitely find ways to teach us to stay humble.
One of the reasons I am so thankful for God’s lessons of humility is that they remind me that He gives me the abilities to do what I love to do for Him. I couldn’t write the devotionals I do if He didn’t give me the ability. I couldn’t preach sermons if He didn’t give me that ability. I always want to fee honored and humble for the opportunities He gives me and not take them for granted. I want to constantly learn humility.
I hope this will be a reminder for all of us that when God gives us opportunities, we will always be thankful for what He has done and continues to do. Never take a boastful attitude and consider yourself better than others. We all constantly need God to remind us how to stay humble. Imitating Christ’s humility is so important in our daily lives. I hope that we will all consider more how we can be humble to others around us.
God calls us to true humility.