One of the saddest phrases heard repeatedly in the reports coming from Texas over the past few days are the survivor’s distraught words, “I have lost everything that I have worked for my entire life”. The harsh reality of how quickly everything can be wiped out glares in our face through the media,and the anguish in the speakers’ voices and eyes are heartbreaking. Yet, we hear this same anguished cry again and again from the various people who have been impacted by the storm during interview after interview. As we pray and weep for those who are suffering in the aftermath of this devastation let us also stop to consider our own ways.
Are we building on a strong foundation that will not pass away which is Christ Jesus, or foolishly building on sinking sand? Are we focused on our eternal home in heaven, or becoming entangled in the carnal things of this world? Are we still trusting in God to keep us from day to day, or are we now depending on making our own way in our own strength? Are we dedicating our life to building up God’s kingdom as wise stewards, or squandering our resources on temporary pleasures of this life and personal material gains that will rot away?
Times like this cause us to pause and reflect on what is truly important: our family and our soul’s salvation. It forces us to stop the busyness of life and simply hold onto our loved ones a little tighter. It reminds us to tell them we love them today, because tomorrow is not promised. It pushes us to be more compassionate and forgiving to those round about us who are suffering and in need, and to release our differences as we unite as one for a greater cause. Most importantly, it causes us to remember to look up, because our redemption draweth nigh.
Stand On It…
Proverbs 23:5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
Psalm 39:6 Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Walk It Out…
Stop and take a moment to meditate on this devotional and more importantly the mighty Word of God. How does this apply to you on today? What are you currently believing God for in your life? What do you need to let go of or stop doing immediately? What do you need to begin doing? Pray and listen. Now step out in faith and go forth in Jesus name!