The Bottomless Pit

28 Dec

God’s Word: James 5

God’s Message to Me: (My interpretation of what God is saying to me through these verses)

Greed is a bottomless pit.  When greed comes in the window, stewardship goes out the door.  Greed focuses on self-pleasure instead of focusing on being a steward of your possessions, your abundance.  Your greedy luxuries are a cancer in your gut, destroying your life from within.  In all your greed you are looting the earth and living it up.  There is no satisfaction there.  Greed never ceases to call out for more, more.

Instead, be satisfied with what you have, and wait patiently for those things you need rather than using the plastic money you don’t have.  When you do that you are borrowing sorrow from tomorrow.  Using plastic is putting on blinders and allowing greed to make your decisions.  Greed will put you into a bottomless pit financially, spiritually, physically and emotionally.

Instead, consider yourself a steward of the possessions I have entrusted to you.  They are yours to use and share with others.  Don’t build bigger barns for storage—share the abundance and save your money.  A steward is held accountable for how he cared for the possessions entrusted to him.  Look around—you pretty much live in the lap of luxury while millions suffer from want of basic needs.  They are in a bottomless pit of need while you are in the bottomless pit of greed. Stifle your greed and supply their need and you both will be blessed beyond imagination.

God’s Question for Me: Will you begin looking at your possessions as your stewardship rather than your entitlement to indulge your selfish wants?

God’s Promise to Me: Jesus will put you on your feet and heal you inside and out.

My Prayer to God:

Adoration:  You have provided so abundantly for us but we have not been good stewards.  We seem to always be drawn to the new and innovative and hurry after it, whatever the cost.  How blest we are in that you know our weaknesses yet to not take Your love from us.

Confession:  I’m sorry for allowing greed to temper my decisions about how to spend money, even using plastic to satisfy my greed.

Thanksgiving:  You have supplied so abundantly for our needs and I thank You that we have received far more than we deserve.  Thank You for helping us to come to understand that we are your stewards and how we use our possessions and money reflects our trust in You.

Supplication:  Help us to trust entirely on you for our needs and share abundantly with others in creative ways to make the world a better place for future generations.  May the footprints we leave behind point others to You and Your loving care.

My Song to God:  I’m Satisfied

I’m satisfied with just a cottage below
A little silver and a little gold
But in that city where the ransomed will shine
I want a gold one that’s silver lined.

Refrain:

I’ve got a mansion just over the hilltop
In that bright land where we’ll never grow old
And some day yonder we will never more wander
But walk on the streets that are purest gold

Don’t think me poor or deserted or lonely
I’m not discouraged I’m heaven bound
I’m but a pilgrim in search of a city
I want a mansion a harp and a crown.

Refrain

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One Response to “The Bottomless Pit”

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