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Monday, August 15, 2011

Deuteronomy 8:17-18

You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me." But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.

 All that you are and all that you have are the LORD's.  All that you earn he first created.  All that you ascribe value to were first made by Him.  What is valuable to man is rubbish to God.  Would you bribe him with cash?  Is he impressed by your technology?  Can you match his strength or display such great feats as He?

When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden, the LORD did not kill them and start over.  Rather he clothed them.  Did they need clothes?  Of course not for God made them naked not needing clothes.  But he provided for them what they desired because he is good and provides good gifts for his children.  The LORD does not value clothing or cash.  He values us.

He gives us prosperity not because he values prosperity, but because he loves us and he knows we value it.  He gives us the ability to produce wealth not because he wants us to be wealthy (and thus be in danger of becoming proud and forgetting him), but because he loves us and wants us to turn to him and depend on him, to acknowledge him as they sole provider for our every need.

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