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All That God Has Prepared

August 11, 2018

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All That God Has Prepared

Sometimes we look in total dismay  at the things  in this world.     The rich seem to get richer  and the poor poorer.     The “successful” seem  to get more  “successful”,  while others just get by.      Some people seem  to have all sorts of  “blessings” — and they certainly don’t have any regard  for the Lord  or His ways.     So,  what gives?     What are we missing?     Why don’t we have  all this stuff?

In 1 Corinthians 2:9,  Paul quotes Isaiah, saying,

“Things which eye has not seen  and ear has not heard,   
And which have not entered  the heart  of man,   
All that God has prepared  for those  who love Him.”

There is a wisdom  of God  that is hidden  from the people  of the world.     The world revels  in material riches  and all sorts worldly ideals,  but everything they have  is short-lived.     They are fooled  into thinking  they have everything anyone could ever desire — but,  what they think they have  will all be taken away  in the twinkling  of the eye.

The Christian realizes  that none of this stuff  on earth  can be taken with us  when we die.     So,  all the so-called riches  on this earth  are not important  to God’s children.    We contentedly live  from day to day  trusting  in the Lord’s  care  and guidance.     With God  by our side,  we are on our way  to heaven  where all our eternal riches  and glory  are waiting.    We can be totally content  and satisfied  passing by everything  that pretentiously glitters  in this world.     None of what is  in this world  is appealing  because it has no lasting value.     We don’t have to try  and be “King-on-the-hill”  for anyone  in this dying world.     We don’t have  to feel troubled  about not having worldly things.     Worldly things  have absolutely nothing  to do  with true success  in life.

Our riches on earth  include the wisdom  of having God  for our Friend — having the forgiveness  of all our sins — having the assurance  of God’s faithful love — having God  as our Rock and Fortress  in this life — knowing Jesus  is our Good Shepherd and  that He will safely guide us  through our trials.     This  and so much more  is all ours  when we put our faith  in our Lord and Savior.

These are the kinds  of riches  everyone should be striving for.     If we don’t possess  all these spiritual blessings,  we are poor indeed.     In actuality,  those who are tied  to their earthly possessions  are the most unwise and poverty stricken  in all the world.

It is all  as the psalmists writes  in Psalm 119:57,   “The LORD is my portion.”      When we have the LORD  as our God and Savior,  we have all  that we need.

In our dying hour,   our popularity,  gold,  successes,  houses,  cars,  clothes,  and whatever  will be of no comfort  to us.     Over and above  all this stuff,  we need God  in our lives.     With God our Savior,  all things are ours  for all eternity.     When we treasure God now,  our earthly dying hour  will actually be  a grand home coming,  filled with joy  and peace.

Let us always stay close  to our Savior  by sticking  to His word  and spending time  in prayer.     The better we get to know  our Lord,  the more content  we will be  with His care.      Then we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  You are my Treasure.     There is no greater possession  in all the world.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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