November 18

Today's Bible Reading
     I Chronicles 11-12
     Hebrews 13
     Amos 7
     Luke 2
            ''Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, I will never leave younor forsake you"(Hebrews 13:5) 
            A few days ago, I received a letter saying that I am still in the running to win the Reader's Digest Sweepstakes. That made me so happy. I imagine that all the millions of people who received this notice would like to be the winner.  I suppose I will never win the lottery, which would now make me a millionaire, since I never buy a lottery ticket. But winning all that money might not be good for some of us.
            Sudden wealth could hurt us spiritually. The writer of Proverbs 30, Agar, didn't ask God for wealth. He was afraid if he were rich, he might feel self-sufficient, and try to live without God.  (Verses 8-9) Yet, some very Godly people in the Bible were very rich. Many Israelites had great wealth and, because of that, they were able to provide lavishly for the building of the Temple. This led David to declare, ''Both riches and honor come from You" (I Chronicles 29: 12) These people were literally giving from God's hands.  That is the only way for any of us to give.
            We can be very thankful for what some wealthy Christians do with their money. I know some very rich people who give lavishly to Christian causes every year.  What good their riches accomplish! The fact is, no matter what our economic status, the Bible exhorts us to be without covetousness, and content with such things as we have. (Hebrews 13:5a) The reason we can be content with what we have is because He will never leave us or forsake us regardless of our financial status.
            ''I will never leave you ...'' - not for any reason; not mysin, selfishness, stubbornness, nor waywardness. Have I really let God say to me that He will never leave me? If I have not truly heard the assurance of God, then let me listen again. Sometimes it is not the difficulty of life but the drudgery of it that makes me think God will forsake me. When there is no major difficulty to overcome, no vision from God, nothing wonderful or beautiful -just the everyday activities of life - do I hear God's assurances even in these? We have the idea that God is going to do some exceptional thing - that He is preparing and equipping us for some extraordinary work in the future. But, as we grow in His grace, we find that God is glorifying Himself here and now, at this very moment. If we have God's assurance behind us,the most amazing strength becomes ours, and we learn to sing, glorifying Him even in the ordinary days and ways of life.
            You may be wealthy by this world 's standards, or you may be poor. The great need, however, is for you to be content with what Godhas blessed you with. Wealth is a double blessing when it is used for the blessing of others. Make up your mind today to faithfully honor Him with whatHe has given you and how He has blessed you.
Pray today for HCJB Radio in Ecuador. This phenomenal radio station was launched in 1931, and was the first of the great Christian radio broadcasters. Today, this ministry is known around the world, and both Ecuador and the world have been blessed as a result.  Pray for the continued anointing of God on this radio outreach.
“It is no disgrace to fail. It is a disgrace to do less than your best to keep from failing."
Dr. Bob Jones, Sr.