FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1
“So Jehoshaphat and his men went to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing and also articles of value—more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it.”
2 Chronicles 20:25 ESV
OUR PRAISED POSSESSIONS
A prominent American who was visiting Argentina was asked by the president of the republic, “Why has South America gotten on so poorly and North America so well; What do you think is the reason?” The visitor replied, “I think the reason is found in the fact that the Spaniards came to South America seeking gold, while the Pilgrim Fathers came to North America seeking God.”
While this may be an oversimplification, the biblical principle holds true. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33) Jehoshaphat focused on seeking God and God took care of providing more than they needed.
Often struggles help us realize who or what are the most important things in life. Material possessions do matter, but they are not as important as God and other things. Our relationship with God is our greatest possession. If we will focus on that relationship and what He leads us to do, our material possessions will be taken care of by Him. Think about your most prized possessions. Do you spend as much time focused on your relationship with God as you do focused on those possessions? Ask God to give you His perspective on your possessions. Ask God to help you realign your priorities with the things that are most important in life.