“Do not worry about your life. . . . Do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.” LUKE 12:22, 29
Loved by the Great Giver
Accumulation of wealth is a popular defense against fear. Since we fear losing our jobs, health care, or retirement benefits, we amass possessions, thinking the more we have, the safer we are. . . .
We engineer stock and investment levies, take cover behind the hedge of hedge funds. We trust annuities and pensions to the point that balance statements determine our mood levels. But then come the Katrina-level recessions and downturns, and the confusion begins all over again. . . .
If there were no God, stuff-trusting would be the only appropriate response to an uncertain future. But there is a God. And this God does not want his children to trust money. . . .
Scrooge didn’t create the world; God did.
Psalm 104 celebrates this lavish creation with twenty-three verses of itemized blessings: the heavens and the earth, the waters and streams and trees and birds and goats and wine and oil and bread and people and lions. God is the source of “innumerable teeming things, living things both small and great. . . . These all wait for You, that You may give them their food in due season” (vv. 25, 27).
And he does. God is the great giver. The great provider. The fount of every blessing. Absolutely generous and utterly dependable. The resounding and recurring message of Scripture is clear: God owns it all. God shares it all. Trust him, not stuff!
We praise you for your generosity and your mighty power. The majesty of your creation is amazing. Your provision of our needs is humbling. How good you are to your children! May we never trust in earthly provisions rather than in you, the great provider. You guide your people wisely and well,
The everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.
Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who has fulfilled with His hands what He spoke with His mouth.
[2 CHRONICLES 6:4]
I will praise Your name, for You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.