Devotional: Time and Money

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"I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:12-13

As with everything in our lives, our ability to live in the fullness that God has for us has all to do with our focus. The world tells us that we must concentrate on things, money, success, and on protecting all that we are able to attain — no matter the cost. The world tells us the insidious lie that who we are and what we have is never enough.

In Deuteronomy 6:5 we discover where God tells us to put our focus: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." In its counter-cultural way, this command seems to totally ignore our earthly needs. The tug to manage our lives, our time and our money is strong. After all, if we don’t, who will?!

We are called to be good stewards of all that we are given. That stewardship is lived out in recognizing God as the source of all good gifts, taking those gifts — whether meager or much — giving thanks, and then offering those gifts in response to His prompting in our hearts.

When a couple can come to a place of letting the Lord manage their lives rather than letting their lives manage them, there comes a deep and accurate sense of having enough. In need or in plenty, rushed or relaxed, hungry or well fed, through Him and in Him we find that "godliness with contentment is great gain" 1 Timothy 6:6.

Father, the world is so loud as it clamors for our hearts. It is the noise of confusion that lures us out of living in You as we frantically attempt to manage each moment. Give us the grace to focus on Your Glory and to know how to be content, no matter what.

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