Monday, April 20, 2009

Our Ability to Earn Money comes from God

You may say to yourselves, "I became wealthy because of my own ability and strength."
But remember the LORD your God is the one who makes you wealthy.
Deuteronomy 8:17-18 (GWT)

Once we start to accumulate wealth and "stuff," it’s quite easy to become enamored with ourselves and our "power and might." I think that this is especially true in a culture like ours today where we value independence and we stress that you can accomplish anything you want to by working hard. Of course, this is not unique to modern day culture. We see throughout the Old Testament where the Israelites repeatedly followed this pattern of being blessed materially by God and then forgetting that God was the source of their abundance. So try to remember today that even if you have worked hard for your accomplishments, it is still God who instilled you with your gifts, talents, and the drive and ability to work hard.

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